US Slashes Aid Programmes


The newly proposed US budget if implemented will cut programme funding in Central Asia and the Caucasus by over 50%, reducing funding from $218.1million in 2016 to $93.1 million in 2018. Kyrgyzstan, the second largest recipient of US programmes in the region after Georgia, will see a drop-in funding from $48.4million to $17.5million. While Kazakh and Turkmen programmes will be practically eliminated. Only Uzbekistan receives a slight increase, from $10.1million to $10.6million in 2018, reflecting the hope that the new Uzbek regime will be more reform minded. Overall the budget reflects the strategic importance that the Trump administration attaches to the region. Central Asia has never been a key area for the US, however considering the amount of funds that China and Russia are investing in the region a loss of focus now could prove to be short sighted 

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