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New Publication: “Post-socialist transition and intergenerational educational mobility in Kyrgyzstan” by Tilman Bruck and Damir Esenaliev

Economics of Transition, 10.1111/ecot.12136, 2017


We investigate long-term trends in intergenerational educational mobility in a lower middle-income transition economy. We draw on evidence from Kyrgyzstan using data from three household surveys collected in 1993, 1998 and 2011. We find that Kyrgyzstan, like Eastern European middle-income transition economies, maintained high educational mobility, comparable to levels during the Soviet era. However, we find that the younger cohorts, exposed to the transition during their school years, experienced a rapid decline in educational mobility. We also document that gender differences in schooling and educational mobility, found among older-aged individuals, disappeared in the younger cohorts.

The full publication is available by the following link:


Call for Papers and Sessions on Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), ISDC – International Security and Development Center, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are pleased to announce the third annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on 12-13 October 2017.

The two-day conference will bring together national and international experts from government and the public sector, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and research institutions, and media to exchange knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, and to promote evidence-based policy making.

The conference will also inform on the process of the “Life in Kyrgyzstan” Study carried out in 2016 by an international consortium of research institutions with funding from IFPRI, IGZ, FAO and UCA (see

To contribute to the Conference and see the full Announcement please follow the link.


Workshop on Household Life, Employment and Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan – Integrating scientific insights and implementation effort

The workshop presents empirical insights from three long-term research projects conducted in the Kyrgyz Republic. Based on this, the aim is to initiate a dialogue among scientists, practitioners, stakeholders and policy-makers on ways to facilitate the integration of research and implementation efforts for projects of development cooperation.

The workshop features speakers from the ‘International Security and Development Center’ (Berlin), the ‘Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’ and the ‘Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’. It is supported by a grant of the ‘Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) / WOTRO Science for Global Development’.

The workshop takes place on 27 April 2017, 09:00 – 13:00 in ‘Hotel Evropa’ (Bishkek). English-Russian translation is available.

Further information on the research projects, program and speakers can be found in the attached file: Agenda ‘Household Life, Social Cohesion and Employment’

Research Presentations can be found below:

“Introduction: Entrepreneurship and Employment in Kyrgyzstan” – Prof. Tilman Bruck

“Employment for Stability” – Dr. Neil Ferguson

“The Impact of Peace Education on Stability: Evidence from Southern Kyrgyzstan” – Dr. Eleonora Nillesen

“Stability and Community Development in Kyrgyzstan” – Dr. Damir Esenaliev

“An Ethnographic Perspective on Stability and Employment” – Dr. Philipp Schröder


Workshop on Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan at George Washington University

Tilman Brück (ISDC), Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), and Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA) will present a workshop on ‘Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan’ organized by the Central Asia Program of George Washington University on May 10, 2017.

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.

When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017; 4:30-6:00pm

Where: Voesar Conference Room; 1957 E St NW, Suite 412; Washington, DC 20052

Registration on the workshop is available from the link.


Call for Papers on Social Protection in Contexts of Fragility and Forced Displacement

This call for papers aims to assemble high quality papers that will increase our understanding of: 1) the role of social protection in fragile contexts and settings of forced displacement and migration; and 2) synergies across the humanitarian and development divide in both contexts. The aim is to assemble 8 to 10 papers of sufficient quality to be jointly submitted for a special issue to the Journal of Development Studies, or featured in an edited book. Reviewed and approved papers will also be featured in the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti working paper series.

Some submissions are expected to draw on evidence presented at an International Conference focusing on the same themes organized by UNICEF, the European Commission and partners to take place in July 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. It is expected that these papers and others coming from outside the conference will include quantitative and mixed methods work, focusing on diverse social protection research resulting in policy-relevant lessons for governments, humanitarian and development actors, and the larger donor and stakeholder communities.

Extended abstracts can be submitted to Guest Editors (proposed length of 1,000 words) by email: by 15 July 2017. Please see the full call for papers.