Progress Workshop on Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development Project

Date: 26 February 2016
Golden Tulip Hotel, 
37 Isanova Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
26 February 2016
09:30am - 12:45pm
The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (UCA IPPA), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and ISDC - International Security and Development Center (ISDC, Berlin) are holding a progress workshop on the Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development project, which is financed by the World Bank State and Peacebuilding Fund and the Aga Khan Foundation USA, on 26 February 2016. It features presentations on the baseline survey findings, the Social Cohesion index, and results of the qualitative study, followed by discussion with the participants.
  • The baseline survey, administered at the individual, household, and community levels in August-November 2014, had a sample of 2,000 households and over 6,000 individuals. The survey offers comprehensive information on a wide range of topics facilitating a rigorous impact evaluation analysis. The findings of the subsequent baseline report indicate success in randomisation, though the level of outcome indicators was found to be high. 
  • The Social Cohesion index is designed to assess social cohesion in 30 selected Ayil Aimaks in Osh and Naryn oblasts during the project’s life. The index, based on the baseline survey data, is an important component of the impact evaluation research. 
  • An ethnographic fieldwork (part of the tracking system), was carried out in six project villages in order to generate additional insights on social cohesion from a non-quantitative paradigm. The results presented are based on in-depth interviews with 51 respondents representing various social and demographic groups. 



Prof. Dr Tilman Brueck (ISDC) and Dr Roman Mogilevskii (UCA) 


Project Description and Baseline Survey Results 
Dr Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI); Dr Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA) 

10:20-11:00 Social Cohesion Index
Dr Mandi Larsen (Jakobs University Bremen)
11:00-11:20 Coffee break
11:20-12:00 Qualitative Tracking Study
Dr Philipp Shroeder (Humboldt University Berlin) 
12:00-12:45 General Discussion 
About the project 
The Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development project, implemented from 2014 to 2017, aims to identify, pilot and build capacity for social cohesion mechanisms in community-driven development approaches. The project has a focus of developing and piloting innovative approaches to strengthen social cohesion. The project has two components: an intervention and research/evaluation. The intervention component aims to support the creation of social cohesion through the delivery of community-driven development (CDD) projects in selected rural areas of Kyrgyzstan. The research component is designed to measure the impact of project interventions through the administration of baseline and end line surveys and the collection of other data. The project is funded by the World Bank State and Peacebuilding Fund and the Aga Khan Foundation USA (AKF USA). The research component is implemented by SIPRI and UCA, while the intervention component is conducted by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in Kyrgyzstan (MSDSP KG). 
For more details and to confirm your participation, please contact Shoola Dzhumaeva at .
About the project partners: 
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established in 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open sources, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public. Based in Stockholm, SIPRI is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide. For more information on SIPRI, please visit:
Institute of Public Policy and Administration, University of Central Asia
The Institute of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Central Asia was established in 2011 to strengthen public policy in Central Asia. It provides in-depth analysis on current and emerging policy issues facing the region, and improves the analytical capacity of governments and civil society to use evidence in decision-making processes through professional development. The Institute has produced a series of peer-reviewed research papers on social and economic issues, public administration and public policy as they relate to Central Asia and Afghanistan. For more information, please visit:
ISDC International Security and Development Center
The International Security and Development Center provides evidence-based analysis and policy advice on the interactions of security, conflict, violence and fragility with socio-economic development, growth, employment and poverty alleviation. ISDC is based in Berlin and collaborates with a broad range of partners in academia, policy making and practice. For more information on ISDC, please visit: 
Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in Kyrgyzstan
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation, is a locally registered public foundation, which seeks to improve the livelihoods of select communities in Kyrgyzstan’s mountain areas. MSDSP KG implements a range of integrated interventions in rural development, education and health, which converge in villages and are implemented in collaboration with and between community-based groups and local government authorities.


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