LiK Conference 2015

Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference
1-2 October 2015

Promoting Research and Evidence Based Policy-Making in Central Asia

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), ISDC – International Security and Development Center, and the University of Central Asia (UCA) are pleased to announce the first annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on 1-2 October 2015.

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. For the full programme, please see the conference web site here.

The conference will also feature a presentation of the final results of the research project ‘Gender and Employment in Central Asia: Evidence from Panel Data’ carried out in 2013-2015 by an international consortium of research institutions with funding from the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Department for International Development (DfID).

Research topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Poverty and inequality;
  • Employment and labor markets;
  • Migration and remittances;
  • Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
  • Education and health outcomes;
  • Public service delivery and decentralization;
  • Rural livelihoods and agricultural market access;
  • Value chains and export orientation;
  • Entrepreneurship and informality;
  • Impacts of trade reform;
  • Social capital and social cohesion;
  • Peace-building, trust and expectations;
  • Micro-level data quality, survey methodology and panel data collection; and
  • Methods of rigorous impact evaluation.

The main language of the conference is English with simultaneous translation provided in Russian.  However, some presentations will be delivered in Russian.

Academic committee: Dr. Anastasia Aladysheva (SIPRI), Professor Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Professor Tilman Brück (ISDC), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), Dr. Saida Ismailakhunova (World Bank) and Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA).

There is no conference fee. Please note that travel and accommodation funds cannot be provided. Please register for the conference by 10 September 2015 following the link: And the full program can be found here.

For further inquiries please contact Dr. Damir Esenaliev at

The conference brochure can be downloaded here in English [pdf-1.5mb] and in Russian [pdf-1.6mb].

Organising Institutions:

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 also has a presence in Beijing, and is regularly ranked among the most respected think tanks worldwide. For more information on SIPRI, visit

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 indepth 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 on IPPA, please visit:

ISDC – International Security and Development Center provides evidencebased 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, visit

The World Bank is one of the United Nations’ specialized agencies, and is made up of 184 member countries. These countries are jointly responsible for how the institution is financed and how its money is spent. Along with the rest of the development community, the World Bank centers its efforts on the reaching the Millennium Development Goals, agreed to by UN members in 2000 and aimed at sustainable poverty reduction.  One of the world’s largest sources of development assistance, the World Bank supports the efforts of developing country governments to build schools and health centers, provide water and electricity, fight disease, and protect the environment. For more information on the World Bank, please visit