The sponsor of the Atyrau Youth Development Initiative (further AYDI) is Chevron Corporation. The initiative is developed and managed by a coalition of the British Council, Impact Hub Almaty, and Urban Forum Kazakhstan. Each partner contributes to the development of young people in a specific direction.


Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemicals and additives; generates power; and develops and deploys technologies that enhance business value in every aspect of the company's operations. Chevron holds stakes in two of the nation’s biggest oil-producing fields – Tengiz and Karachaganak.

The corporation is the largest private shareholder in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) and successfully operates a polyethylene pipe plant in Atyrau. The Corporation is active in more than 100 countries. During 2019-20, Chevron contacted 80 million people directly. Moreover, 791 million people were reached through the Internet broadcasts and publications. In Kazakhstan, the organisation began its activities in 1994.

In Kazakhstan, Chevron works in partnership with local and national governments and communities on a number of projects focused on education, economic development, health and social support. The company actively contributes to the development of new skills and knowledge among the younger generation, as well as to the improvement of the potential and creation of opportunities for the citizens of the country.

Impact Hub Almaty

The Azamat 3.0 Atyrau – is an educational programme aimed to support students aged 18 to 24 in becoming active citizens through the development of their own projects. The Birles Atyrau – is an open contest of ideas to support Atyrau oblast residents during the pandemic. You may find more information on the Impact Hub Almaty here: @ihubalmaty.

Urban Forum Kazakhstan

The Urban Forum Kazakhstan – is an independent institution for sustainable urban development in Kazakhstan, acting as a dialogue platform for all stakeholders, as a research and advocacy think tank, and as a center for capacity-building in civic initiatives in urbanism.

The Urban Forum Kazakhstan projects within the AYDI:

The Walkshop Atyrau – are a series of educational webinars offering its participants to take photos during their walks in one of the Atyrau districts. The pictures will be published in a special Instagram account of the project - @walkshopsatyrau. At the end of the project the organisers will publish a zine with the participants photos and notes about Atyrau. The webinars are designed for those interested in life and history of the city, as well as anthropology and urban studies, photography, and storytelling.

A public space in Atyrau. The Urban Forum Kazakhstan together with the Atyrau Akimat and Chevron Corporation are planning to build a new public space where children can play, local communities or young people can spend their time. It is planned to locate the space in the off-center of Atyrau and implement it in the upcoming spring of 2021.