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Life in Kyrgyzstan



The ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Study (LiK Study) is a research-based, open access, multi-topic longitudinal survey of households and individuals in Kyrgyzstan. It tracks the same 3,000 households and 8,000 individuals over time in all seven Kyrgyz regions (oblasts) and the two cities of Bishkek and Osh. The data are representative nationally and at the regional level (East, West, North, South).

The survey interviews all adult household members about household demographics, assets, expenditure, migration, employment, agricultural markets, shocks, social networks, subjective well-being, and many other topics. Some of these topics are addressed in each wave while other topics are only addressed in selected waves. All members of the households in 2010 are tracked for each wave and new household members are added to the survey and tracked as well.

The survey was first conducted in 2010 and it has been repeated five times in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, and 2019. The last, sixth, wave of the LiK Study was conducted during November 2019-February 2020.


Life in Kyrgyzstan Webinar Series

Paving way to our 10th LiK Conference in Bishkek, we are thrilled to announce the launch of our monthly LiK webinar series, held online. If you are interested in presenting your work during one of our webinars, please don’t hesitate to contact us at We look forward to hearing from you!

Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference

This year commemorates the 10th Annual Life in Kyrgyzstan Conference, organized by the Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the Graduate School of Development together with Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops and International Security and Development Center (ISDC).

The Life in Kyrgyzstan (LiK) conference is an established annual event convened each October in Bishkek. It brings together national and international experts from academia, government, development agencies, non-governmental organizations, media and research institutions. The conference serves as a platform for exchanging leading-edge knowledge and experiences on recent socio-economic and environmental developments in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, with the aim of promoting evidence-based policy making.