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Veranstaltungen │ 13. August 2019

5th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference

Park Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

23-24 October 2019


The Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the ISDC – International Security and Development Center and the World Bank are pleased to invite the submission of proposals for sessions and research papers for the 5th Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, to be held in Bishkek on 23-24 October 2019.

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.

We invite the submission of proposals for entire sessions (of comprising of three or four papers) or for individual research papers studying various aspects of socio-economic development in Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia. We welcome empirical papers using panel micro data, especially the “Life in Kyrgyzstan” Study data, which is openly accessible at We also encourage researchers to present other micro- and macroeconomic studies with the relevant topics of research. We encourage PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to apply to participate at the conference and use this opportunity to receive feedback from senior researchers and practitioners.

The topics of individual submissions or entire sessions may include but are not limited to:

  • Poverty and inequality;
  • Employment and labor markets;
  • Migration and remittances;
  • Entrepreneurship and informality;
  • Social protection and social safety nets;
  • Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
  • Education and health outcomes;
  • Nutrition and food security;
  • Rural livelihoods and agricultural market access;
  • Home gardens and rural coping strategies;
  • Value chains and export orientation;
  • Economic policy;
  • Public service delivery and decentralization;
  • Impacts of trade and integration reforms;
  • Social capital and social cohesion;
  • Peace-building, trust and expectations;
  • Micro-level data quality, survey methodology and panel data collection;
  • Methods of rigorous impact evaluation;
  • Sustainable development goals;
  • Climate change and its impact.

Please submit description of sessions or research papers to the conference by 16 June 2019 to email address: Please list a session title, a session chair, a session organizer, and the titles and all co-authors for each paper and enclose a 200-word session summary. Individual papers may also be submitted in full papers or in a 200-word extended abstract form. All submissions should be in English. The conference language will be English, with simultaneous translation provided in Russian. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 30 June 2019.

Academic committee:  Prof. Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (ISDC), Dr. Saida Ismailakhunova (World Bank), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA), and Prof. Nurgul Ukueva (AUCA).

There is no conference fee. Please note that travel and accommodation funds cannot be provided. Registration for participation in the conference will close on 30 September 2019.

Organising Institutions

Further inquiries:

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