Social Cohesion Through Community-Based Development

Date: 16 May 2018
The University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) in partnership with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) organised a workshop on April 24th to present the findings of the Social Cohesion through Community-Based Development project. The research covered an analysis of how community driven development projects can foster social cohesion, create an increased understanding of community life, and how additional activities can further connect various community groups to foster collaboration. Representatives of the government and public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organisations, academia and research institutions attended the workshop. 

The project’s intervention activities and research took place from 2014 to 2017 in Osh and Naryn regions of Kyrgyzstan. The project was funded by the World Bank and the Aga Khan Foundation. The intervention activities were carried out by the Mountain Societies Development Support Programme in Kyrgyzstan and the research was conducted by SIPRI and the UCA’s IPPA.

About the Project 

The Social Cohesion Through Community-based Development project 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 a 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 endline surveys and the collection of other data.

Project Partners

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 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

University of Central Asia’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration 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 relating to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Learn more about IPPA.

ISDC - 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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