Sixth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference Explores Actionable Solutions Amid COVID-19
The Sixth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference brought together over 300 thought leaders and stakeholders from 30 countries to examine what social and economic life looks like amid-COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan and to offer recommendations to address some of the immediate challenges. This four-day fully virtual event was held from October 27 to October 30.
“The Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) Conference is a unique international forum. This year, despite all the difficulties posed by the pandemic, 55 papers were presented by researchers drawn from 14 countries, including far way Australia, Peru and Mauritius,” – said Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, Dean of the Graduate School of Development of the University of Central Asia (UCA). “No other conference brings together this kind of concentration of scholars that focus on social and economic issues facing Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. It is rewarding to see this Bishkek-based conference emerge as an institution – next year will be the 7th annual conference.”
During the four days of the Conference, national and international researchers and experts exchanged evidence, knowledge, and experience on recent socio-economic developments in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia, and beyond. Plenary sessions of the conference addressed a range of topics, including effects of COVID-19 in Central Asia and worldwide. Among the topics discussed were social cohesion, household finance and investments, advancing access to justice through digital transformation, education, employment, intra-household decisions and demographics, migration and remittances, livelihoods and agricultural market access, new technologies in local development, nutrition and health, and tourism development.
Presenters at the Conference.
"The topics discussed during this 2020 Conference ranged from micro-level anthropological observations of mountainous communities to rigorous economic analysis of micro and macro-level developments,” remarked Dr. Roman Mogilevskii, Associate Director of UCA’s Institute of Public Policy and Administration. “LiK conference serves as a bridge connecting researchers with policy makers who actively participate in the Conference as presenters and attendees."
The Sixth Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference is organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), and ISDC - International Security and Development Centre in partnership with American University of Central Asia, Mercy Corps, the World Bank, and support from the Aga Khan Foundation.