LiK Conference 2018

Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

Park Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

17-18 October 2018

Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and International Security and Development Center (ISDC), hold the fourth annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference that took place in Bishkek on 17-18 October 2018.

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 results of the 5th wave 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:

  • Education and Economic Development: Impact of Teachers, Protests, and Policy Reforms;
  • Social Cohesion in Kyrgyzstan: Lessons from the Research and Development Programming;
  • Distributional Effects of Energy Policies in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Social and Economic Effects of Migration and Remittances;
  • Supporting Livelihoods through Social Protection and Agriculture;
  • Social Norms, Welfare and Eduсation in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Trade and Exchange Rate Policies in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Local Development in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Micro-level Effects of Climate Change;
  • Child Health and Human Capital in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Distributional Effects of Macroeconomic Policies and Shocks;
  • Donor-Driven Research: Challenges and Impact;
  • Employment in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Economic Policies for Technological Development in Central Asia;
  • Health Outcomes vis-a-vis Policies, Social Norms, and Time Use in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Data Infrastructure in Central Asia;
  • Recent Developments in Agriculture in Kyrgyzstan.

The scientific and organizational committee of the conference included: Professor Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), and Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA).

  • PDF versions of the LiK Conference 2018′ Programme are available for download in English and Russian.
  • The Conference Brochure is available for download in English and Russian languages.
  • For the LiK Conference works’ presentation please follow the link.

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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. For more information on IPPA, please visit:

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. For more information on ISDC, please visit:

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. For more information on IGZ, please visit:

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