CAARF Briefs

Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowships (CAARF) were awarded by the University of Central Asia’s Mountain Societies Research Institute to qualified researchers from Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan. Fellows’ research was centred around learning from and for sustainable development in mountain societies of the Tien Shan, Pamir and Hindu Kush ranges in Central Asia, with a special focus on environmental change, natural resources governance, and the social and economic impacts of mountain development.

The CAARF programme was launched in 2013 by UCA’s MSRI. CAARF engages accomplished regional and international researchers, social and natural science scholars from across the region. They are chosen to receive financial, technical, and mentorship support to conduct original research focused on learning from sustainable development projects in mountain areas. All CAARF fellows are paired up with internationally recognised experts in their fields, who mentor them throughout their projects and are available for advice in career advancement.

MSRI Publications and Resources


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Impact Assessment and Management of Droughts in Afghanistan
Mohammad Wasim Iqbal,PhD Candidate, Kasetsart University and Dr. Somchai Donjadee, Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Leveraging Remittances for Development and Investent in Kyrgyzstan
Kamalbek Karymshakov PhD Assistant Professor, Kyryz-Turkish Manas University and Matthieu Clement, PhD Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Bordeaux
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Alleviating Poverty Through Social Entrepreneurship
Maisam Najafizada, Assistant Professor, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Maurie Cohen, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Revitalization and Retention of Indigenous Knowledge of Medicinal Plants in Afghanistan
Munira Karamkhudoeva, Senior Biologist/Entomologist, Pamir Biological Institute; Karim-Aly S. Kassam, Associate Professor, Cornell University; and Aziz Ali, National Manager Natural Resources Management, Aga Khan Foundation
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Understanding and Alleviating Energy Poverty in Rural Communities in Tajikistan
Murodbek Laldjebaev, PhD Candidate, Cornell University and Karim-Aly S. Kassam, Associate Professor, Cornell University
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Assessing Earthquake Hazard Near Dams in Kyrgyzstan’s Upper Naryn Region
Sagynbek Orunbaev, Researcher, Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences and Mikhail Rodkin, Senior Researcher, Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia


June 2017 | Brief | Available in English
Conserving Fruit Trees and Wild Berry Biodiversity in Northern Kyrgyzstan
Gulmira Sariyeva, PhD, Issyk-Kul State University and Muhabbat Turdieva, Biodiversity International
Mountain Societies Research Institute, University of Central Asia