Value-oriented approach in Kazakhstani regional development projects

  • Received October 19, 2021;
    Accepted November 26, 2021;
    Published December 7, 2021
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    Volume 19 2021, Issue #4, pp. 352-361
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Sustainable regional development projects are a challenge for all countries, regardless of their geographic location, cultural differences, or level of economic development. Kazakhstan is also facing this challenge and tries to counteract this process by actively implementing regional development projects and programs. However, project effectiveness and project value remain bottlenecks as these projects are aimed to improve lives and work in rural areas and eliminate inequality; therefore, managing such projects is a complex issue. This study seeks to obtain data that will help to address these research gaps and to identify value aspects of such projects from the end-users’ perspectives – local communities. This can help to understand how to select projects with high value and enhance their effectiveness.
For this purpose, in 2020, a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews of end-users of regional development projects implemented in local communities were conducted. 301 respondents from main mining towns included in the regional development program of the Republic of Kazakhstan have been surveyed and 18 deep interviews have been conducted. The results show that Kazakhstani regional development projects appear to have a low level of value from the perspective of main stakeholders and beneficiaries – local communities. Project value evaluation has also revealed that a concept of value is different for local government authorities, project teams, and local communities. The study expands knowledge on the management of regional development projects, revealing the importance of understanding the value for such projects to achieve success and enhance their effectiveness.

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    • Figure 1. Research results and action plan for selection of regional development projects
    • Table 1. Local communities’ interests in regional development projects
    • Conceptualization
      Shynar Uzakova, Serik Beimenbetov, Yerlan Shildibekov
    • Data curation
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Formal Analysis
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Investigation
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Methodology
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Project administration
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Resources
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Software
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Validation
      Shynar Uzakova, Serik Beimenbetov, Yerlan Shildibekov
    • Visualization
      Shynar Uzakova, Yerlan Shildibekov
    • Writing – original draft
      Shynar Uzakova
    • Writing – review & editing
      Shynar Uzakova, Serik Beimenbetov, Yerlan Shildibekov
    • Supervision
      Serik Beimenbetov