Thematic Workshops

Call for Papers: Annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference, 6-7 October 2016

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration of the University of Central Asia (UCA), Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Security and Development Center (ISDC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are pleased to announce the second annual ‘Life in Kyrgyzstan’ Conference to take place in Bishkek on 6-7 October 2016.
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.
The conference will also inform 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. Conference costs are sponsored by UCA.
To contribute to the discussion, we invite the submission of proposals for entire sessions or for individual research papers studying various aspects of socio-economic development in Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia more generally, preferably at the micro-level. We welcome empirical papers using panel micro data, especially the “Life in Kyrgyzstan” survey data. However, we also want to encourage researchers to present 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.
Research topics may include but are not limited to:
Poverty and inequality;
Employment and labor markets;
Migration and remittances;
Gender, children and intra-household decision making;
Education and health outcomes;
Nutrition and food security;
Public service delivery and decentralization;
Rural livelihoods and agricultural market access;
Home gardens and rural coping strategies;
Value chains and export orientation;
Entrepreneurship and informality;
Impacts of trade reform;
Social capital and social cohesion;
Peace-building, trust and expectations;
Micro-level data quality, survey methodology and panel data collection; and
Methods of rigorous impact evaluation.
The organizers are seeking both individual papers and proposals for sessions of three or four papers, with preference given to complete session proposals.
Those interested in submitting sessions or papers to the conference are welcome to submit their applications by end-July 2016 at Please list a session title, a session chair, a session organizer, and all co-authors for each paper and enclose a 200-word session summary. Preference will be given to session proposals including full research papers. Individual papers may also be submitted either in a 200-word extended abstract form or in full papers. All submissions should be in English. The conference language will be English, with simultaneous translation provided in Russian. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by end-August 2016.
Academic committee: Professor Kathryn Anderson (Vanderbilt University), Professor Tilman Brück (IGZ/ISDC), Dr. Damir Esenaliev (SIPRI), Dr. Kamiljon Akramov (IFPRI), Dr. Roman Mogilevskii (UCA), and Dr. Kanat Tilekeyev (UCA).
Please see the complete call here.

Round Table on the Impact of Employment Programmes on Peacebuilding, Nairobi, 15.06.2016

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank (WB) have teamed up for an extensive joint research on the impact of employment programmes on peacebuilding, funded by the UN-WB Fragility and Conflict Partnership Trust Fund. The research includes a literature review, country-case studies in Lebanon, Liberia and Timor-Leste, and an overall assessment of all employment programmes designed and implemented by the four entities since 2005 in conflict-affected countries, with a more in-depth assessment of a subset of these programmes.
The research team, led by Professor Tilman Brück, will present existing evidence on the peacebuilding impact of labour-based programmes, targeted vocational training programmes, and programmes focused on the development of small and micro enterprises.
A Round Table will take place in Nairobi at the offices of the World Bank on 15 June 2016 from 09:30-13:30. During the Round Table the research team will seek feedback on the initial findings of the draft report from a wide range of stakeholders, including programme officers, government officials, NGOs, academics and development partners. Case studies from the research will be presented and a panel consisting of different stakeholders will discuss the applicability of the research to their work.
Your feedback will help to improve the final outputs of this research to be disseminated in September 2016 during the opening of the General Assembly in New York.
If you are interested to attend the event, please contact Yun Jae Chun ( by 27 May 2016.
Please see here for more information.

International Research Conference on the Global Economic Costs of
DIW Berlin, 19-21 January 2011.

The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the German Foundation  for Peace Research (DSF) and the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) are  organizing an international research conference on the costs of conflict and  related themes.The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers and to compare  theoretical, empirical and methodological research focusing on the costs and  consequences of violent conflict.

Gender and Conflict Research Workshop
World Bank, Washington, D.C., 10 June 2010.

This workshop will present analytical research work commissioned by The World  Bank on gender and conflict. The work was carried out by a group of HiCN  researchers and will be used as background research for the two forthcoming World  Development Reports on Security and Conflict and on Gender.Women and men experience violent conflict differently, as actors, perpetrators  and victims. Empirical analysis of the gender-differential is necessary to gain  recognition of and muster support for a gendered approach in programs targeted  at populations in conflict areas. Gender inequalities which existed before a  conflict can be aggravated because of the conflict, but they can also radically  alter. Under the direction of Philip Verwimp, six country case studies address  the same set of questions and use similar methods.

The Behavioural and Cultural Foundations and Consequences of Violence Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), Lisbon, Portugal, 7-8 June 2010.

The Institute of Social Sciences (ICS, Lisbon) and the Households in Conflict  Network are organizing an international research workshop on the behavioural  foundations and consequences of violence. The purpose of this workshop is to  bring together researchers from different social science disciplines and  countries and to compare current theoretical, empirical and methodological  research perspectives. Violence and conflict are both fundamental options for  human social interactions, and are omnipresent in any society at many levels of analysis. It is, therefore, surprising that the social sciences have developed  such different degrees of sophistication in measuring and accounting for  violence between people, and there are a range of analytical traditions in  explaining violence.

For that reason, the ICS in Lisbon and HiCN will organize an international  research workshop in which scholars from many disciplines and at all levels of  seniority can present recent work that is related to the theoretical, empirical  and methodological analysis of the behavioural and cultural foundations and  consequences of violence.

Entrepreneurship and Conflict

INCORE, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, 20-21 March 2009.

United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research  (UNU-WIDER), the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and the International  Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) will co-host a two-day thematic workshop  on the relationship between  entrepreneurship and violent conflict.  Entrepreneurs are often adversely affected by violent conflict such as civil  war. At the same time though entrepreneurs may contribute to or even benefit  from violent conflict. Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is to deliberate  on the nature of entrepreneurship and conflict, exploring how entrepreneurship  should be promoted for the establishment and maintenance of peace, security,
and development.

Poverty Reduction in Conflict and Fragile States: Perspectives from a
Household Level

Washington D.C., United States, 8-9 November 2006.

USAID’s Office of Poverty Reduction (PR), the Households in Conflict Network  (HiCN) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) will
co-sponsor a two-day international conference on the special challenge of  poverty reduction in conflict and fragile states. Examining the relationship  between conflict and state fragility at the household level provides an  opportunity to understand how these factors affect household behaviour, welfare  and poverty. This, in turn, is important for shaping successful programmatic  and policy responses.

Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association

HiCN Co-Directors, Tilman Brück, Patricia
Justino and Philip Verwimp, attended the Annual Meeting of the American  Economic Association in Philadelphia on 7-9 January 2005. At the session,  “Poverty, Inequality and Conflict”, presided by Frances Stewart of  the University of Oxford, Tilman presented his paper ‘The Welfare Effects of Farm Household Activity Choices in Post-War  Mozambique’, Philip presented his paper ‘An Economic Profle of Genocide. Micro-level Evidence   from Rwanda’, Patricia presented her paper ‘Redistribution and Civil Unrest’ and  Frances Stewart presented her paper ‘Policies towards Horizontal Inequalities in  Post-Conflict Reconstruction’. These stimulated lively
discussions with over 50 people attending. Discussants of the session were  Klaus Deininger of the World Bank and Hartmut Lehmann of Bologna University.

Making Peace Work, UNU-WIDER Conference

On 4-5 June 2004 in Helsinki, the World Institute for Development  Economics Research (WIDER) held a conference, ‘Making Peace Work’, to increase  the focus of economists on conflict issues, and to facilitate interaction  between economists and other social scientists working on conflict and  post-conflict reconstruction. HiCN Co-Directors, Tilman Brück, Patricia  Justino and Philip Verwimp, and HiCN Affiliates, Tony Addison, S.  Mansoob Murshed and Pablo Querubin, presented papers at the conference.