Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference Ends on High Note
“The Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) conference is a stimulating academic event which brings together national and international researchers examining various social and economic changes in Kyrgyzstan and in the Central Asian region. We see increased use of data from the LiK Study for conducting research, policy analysis, and teaching at Kyrgyz universities. As of October 2018, LiK data was used by over 80 institutions worldwide.” said Dr. Damir Esenaliev, Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI).
Over 150 participants from 11 countries gathered in Bishkek for the fourth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan conference on October 17-18, organised by UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA), in partnership with the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and the International Security and Development Center (ISDC). The two-day conference provided a platform for national and international experts from the government and public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organisations, academia and research institutions, to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and to promote evidence-based policymaking. Topics included education, social cohesion, energy policies, migration and remittances, social protection, household welfare, trade, local development, climate change, child health, human capital, employment, technological development, social norms, agriculture, and data infrastructure.
The conference highlighted the results of the 5th wave of the LiK study carried out in 2016 by an international consortium of research institutions including UCA, IFPRI, IGZ, and FAO. The open access survey tracks 3,000 households and 8,000 individuals in all seven Kyrgyz regions and two cities of Bishkek and Osh, providing data over time on a range of topics, including household demographics, expenditure, assets, migration, employment, agricultural markets, social networks and subjective well-being to name a few. The data will be freely available for non-profit research, policy analysis and teaching purposes.