Freedom, justice and solidarity are the basic principles underlying the work of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS). The KAS is a political foundation, closely associated with the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU).

Konrad Adenauer Foundation (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung) has the following priorities in the Republic of Kazakhstan:

  • Politics and Mass Media
  • Local self-governance
  • Political Education

Sur-Place, the program of local grants awarded to the students from Kazakhstan Higher Education Institutions, renders its support to the young elite of the Republic since 2007 thus stipulating the process of democratizationand civil society development.

MediaNet International Centre for Journalism is a non-governmental organization founded by a group of Kazakhstan journalists in 2004. 

The mission of the organization is to support the development of civil society in Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries by strengthening the capacity of independent and objective media, supporting public organizations, protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, countering post-truth politics and raising the level of media culture in Kazakhstan, namely, media ( journalism and blogging), that is, the production and relaying of information; consumption of information by the population (instilling a culture of conscious and critical perception of information).

The main goals of the International Centre for Journalism MediaNet:

  • Development of media education in Kazakhstan and training of personnel for Kazakhstan and international media sphere;
  • Formation of a new generation of Kazakhstani journalists – objective, socially active, professional and independent;
  • Promotion of professionalism of media workers;
  • Integration of journalists from Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the CIS countries;
  • Development of effective communications between the media and society;
  • Contribution to the further development of civil society through the intensification of cooperation with the mass media.
  • Fight against false information, information manipulations, fake news.
  • Improving the level of media literacy.

The Centre cooperates with Kazakhstani and international organizations working on the development of journalism, ensuring the rights and freedoms of journalists. During its work, MediaNet has implemented more than 150 projects of various levels of complexity.

The OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan works on security issues, including arms control; border management; the fight against terrorism; trafficking in human beings, arms and drugs; economic and environmental topics; human rights and rule of law issues; and media freedom.

Dr. Volker Frobarth from Germany is the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan from 1 April 2021.

Working with a network of local journalists, the media, government and civil society experts, the Office encourages widespread public debate on Kazakh media legislation and supports the government’s efforts to reform it. The Office also runs training courses for journalists on a variety of topics, including economic and environmental security, human rights, the ethics of media coverage of terrorism, investigative journalism and the use of new technology.





The Regional Central Asian Internet Forum on Development of the Internet in Central Asia InternetCA

In 2021 the annual Central Asian Internet Forum on Development of the Internet in Central Asia InternetCA will take place for the twelfth time. The Forum regularly gathers high-quality expert audience. The event is organized by MediaNet International Center for Journalism under support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan.

Among the Forum speakers are experts from Western Europe, Russia, Ukraine and five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) who evaluates situation with the Internet sphere in the region, development prospects, defines problematic points and offer constrictive solutions.

Every year the organizers select key discussion topics, such as Internet security, internet management and etc.

The main theme of InternetCA-2021 is REGULATION OF THE INTERNET 

During its twelfth-year of operation, the Forum hosted near 1 500 of experts, representatives of public, international and government organizations, journalists, bloggers, scientists, parliament members, diplomats, lawyers and etc. from Germany, France, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and many others.

In InternetCA the participants first of all discuss legal, political and social issues related to development of the Internet.

The Forum is conducted in Kazakh and Russian languages, simultaneous interpreter is provided.