LiK Conference 2017

Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

Park Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

12-13 October 2017

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) hold the third annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference that took place in Bishkek on 12-13 October 2017.

The two-day conference brought 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.

A wide range of topics in socio-economic development of the Kyrgyz Republic and other Central Asian countries were covered. The conference has also informed 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

The topics of the sessions included:

  • Social Cohesion Research and Programming in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Climate Change and Livestock Sector in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Export Markets and Integration Processes;
  • Analyzing and Enhancing the Capacity of CA Mountain Societies to cope with Environmental and Policy Changes;
  • Household Welfare in Central Asia;
  • Pursuing Happiness: Aspirations, Expectations, Reality;
  • Bride kidnapping and intra-household relations;
  • Trends in and Policies for Technological Innovation in Central Asia;
  • Policy, evidence, and implementation: regional and local perspectives ;
  • Gender and Health;
  • Migration, shocks, technology ;
  • Employment in Central Asia;

The working language of the conference was mostly English, with simultaneous translation into Russian.

The scientific and organizational committee of the conference includes: Dr. Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI), Professor Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Professor Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), and Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA).

  • PDF versions of the LiK Conference 2017′ Program are available for download in English and Russian.
  • The Conference Brochure is available in English.
  • For the LiK Conference works’ presentation please follow the link.


Organising Institutions

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.

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.

IGZ – Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops carries out basic and applied research supporting the sustainable production of vegetable and ornamental plants and the rational use of natural resources. It contributes to the success of horticulture in Germany and other countries, understanding fundamentals of horticultural and plant science, sustainability in production and use of plants, healthy nutrition and wellbeing of the population. Its work is rated by acceptance and appreciation by professionals in practical horticulture and by the society, publications in high-ranking scientific journals and acquisition of competitive grants.

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is an international agricultural research center founded in the early 1970s to improve the understanding of national agricultural and food policies to promote the adoption of innovations in agricultural technology. Additionally, IFPRI aims to shed more light on the role of agricultural and rural development in the broader development pathway of a country. The mission of IFPRI is to seek sustainable solutions for ending hunger and poverty through research.

ISDC – International Security and Development Center is a Berlin-based, non-for-profit research center conducting research, providing policy advice and building capacity on international security and socio-economic development. We are unique in the global research scene for being dedicated to work exclusively on the security-development nexus.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations founded in 1943 with headquarters in Rome, Italy.  Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

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