Public Lecture: Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan

Date: 10 May 2017
Dr Damir Esenaliev, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute;
Dr Kanat Tilekeyev, University of Central Asia; and
Professor Tilman Brück, International Security and Development Center.

10 May 2017, 16:30-18:00 Eastern Time Zone (UTC-05:00)

Abstract 
Social cohesion has emerged over the last two decades as an important concept in both academic and political discourse, especially in fragile and conflict-affected environments. At the same time, the evidence on how to build social cohesion and peace at the individual level has been quite scarce. This event will review some exciting new evidence on building peace and social cohesion at the micro-level from Central Asia.
 
Drawing on the results of the Life In Kyrgyzstan Study, a long-term quantitative study of socio-economic developments of over 8.000 individuals,

Prof. Tilman Brück will present some insights on social cohesion and peace in Kyrgyzstan since 2010.
 
Dr Kanat Tilekeyev will explore findings from the Kyrgyz Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development Project, discussing the motivation and design of the project; development of the social cohesion index; and findings from operations and implications for future community-driven development programming in conflict-affected and fragile environments.
 
Dr Damir Esenaliev will present the findings from the impact evaluation of the LivingSidebySide® (LSBS) peacebuilding programme designed to foster ethnic tolerance and skills for resolving conflict among young adults in Southern Kyrgyzstan.

Biographies 
Professor Tilman Brück is Director of the ISDC – International Security and Development Center. His research interests focus on the economics of household behaviour and well-being in conflict-affected and fragile economies, including the measurement of violence and conflict in household surveys and the impact evaluation of programmes in conflict-affected areas.
 
Dr Damir Esenaliev is a Senior Researcher with SIPRI's Peace and Development Programme. His recent research focuses on impact evaluation of peacebuilding interventions in Kyrgyzstan and on quantitative microeconomic research related to labour markets, welfare, inequality, intergenerational mobility and governance. 
 
Dr Kanat Tilekeyev is a Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia. He has extensive experience in research on agricultural economics, trade, business development, policy impact evaluation and microeconomic studies of the countries of Central Asia at projects of the World Bank, USAID, FAO and other donor and research organizations.

Location 
Voesar Conference Room
1957 E St NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20052
USA
 
Registration 
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* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.