University of Central Asia

Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA)

The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) was launched in 2011 as the first initiative of UCA’s Graduate School of Development. The School aims to foster a stimulating, innovative and rigorous inquiry into issues relating to the socio-economic development of Central Asia, particularly its vast mountain regions.

To accomplish this goal the School will be engaged in a programme of policy research and dissemination, and graduate education through several institutes, the first of which is IPPA. UCA is building simultaneously three fully-residential campuses in Tekeli (Kazakhstan), Naryn (Kyrgyz Republic) and Khorog (Tajikistan) that will open their doors to undergraduate and graduate education in a number of years. IPPA is currently focussing on policy analysis, dissemination and professional development activities and will offer graduate programmes in public policy and administration once the residential campuses are completed.

IPPA’s focus is on economic policy, the ways in which government action can promote equitable growth; and on the management of public services (education, health, social welfare, etc.) to examine how programmes can be made more effective and efficient.

IPPA’s aim is to improve public policy in Central Asia through the application of knowledge and the intellect to public problems. Public policy is a new field in Central Asia as an academic discipline, as a defined function in government administration, and activity of civil society organizations. The countries of Central Asia currently lack professionals and administrators trained in the methods and approaches of policy analysis that can investigate issues in depth and suggest evidence-based policy alternatives. Weak analytical capacity is one of the impediments to reform since the socio-economic problems confronting Central Asia are highly complex and there are no simple solutions. IPPA as an independent and non-partisan institution will strive to improve public policy in Central Asia by providing insight and sparking debate on current and emerging policy issues facing the region and its governments.  IPPA aims to become a valuable resource for government , civil society and the private sector.

IPPA’s focus is on economic policy, the ways in which government action can promote equitable growth; and on the management of public services (education, health, social welfare, etc.) to examine how programmes can be made more effective and efficient.


FIRST RESEARCH PROJECT

Regional Cooperation and Confidence Building in Central Asia and Afghanistan

This project, supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada, examines the difficult question of regional economic cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan. There has been much discussion at the political level about the need for stronger cooperation between Central Asian countries, and for Afghanistan to become engaged more closely as part of an invigorated Central Asian region. However, the issue of economic relations between the countries remains less explored.  International experience shows that effective regional cooperation is possible when underpinned by strong common regional interests. Trade and other aspects of economic relations are the foundation of successful regional cooperation.

The project has engaged leading analysts from the region to research diverse aspects of trade and economic relations with papers on Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, and on Russia’s and China’s roles in the economies of the region.  The research will be published in the IPPA Working Paper Series. The policy papers produced will inform the agenda of professional development seminars for civil servants.

Professional development certificate programme for civil servants:
Trade and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Afghanistan for Economic Growth

Civil servants from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Afghanistan will participate in a unique programme that will provide an understanding of international trade, tariff and trade barriers, international finance, international trade negotiations, transportation policy, regional and global trade arrangements, and questions of economic cooperation in the region. The programme, to be held 26 August – 2 September 2012, Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic, will also provide an opportunity for officials to meet colleagues from countries in the region for an exchange of views and experiences.

Faculty for this programme is drawn from the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, Carleton University, Canada; the Asian Development Bank; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization; the World Bank, USAID and IPPA.

The second phase of the Certificate Programme will be held in the participants’ home country and will focus on country-specific issues and strategies.


PUBLICATIONS

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Trade in Agricultural and Food Products in Central Asia
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Roman Mogilevskii, Kamiljon Akramov
Working Paper No. 27, April 2014, 32 p.
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Export-driven SME Development in Kyrgyzstan: The Garment Manufacturing Sector
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Nurbek Jenish
Working Paper No. 26, March 2014, 28 p.
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Развитие малого и среднего бизнеса в Кыргызстане: неформальные коммуникации и роль женщин
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Altyn Kapalova
Working Paper No. 25, March 2014, 34 p.
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Policy Analysis as a Profession in Government: Who Does What and How
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Mahabat Baimyrzaeva
Occasional Paper No. 2, Nov 2013, 32 p.
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Public Engagement: Building Institutional Capacity
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Tyler D. Knowlton
Occasional Paper No. 1, Oct 2013, 32 p.
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Small and Medium Enterprises Development and Regional Trade in Afghanistan
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Mujib Mashal
Working Paper No. 24, February 2013, 28 p.
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Overview of key macroeconomic and fiscal models used by government agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic
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Tolkunbek Abdygulov
Working Paper No. 23, February 2013, 48 p.
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International Experience on Protection of Labour Migrants’ Rights and its Application to Kyrgyzstan
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Kathryn Anderson and Luca Barbone
Working Paper No. 22, February 2013, 80 p.
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Regional Trade and Economic Growth in the CIS Region
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Nurbek Jenish
Working Paper No. 21, February 2013, 46 p.
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Expert Assessment of the Impact of Afghan Confrontation on Political and Economic Situation in Central Asia
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Smagulov Agybay
Working Paper No. 20, February 2013, 46 p.
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Quantitative analysis of the competitive environment and the concentration in some commodity markets of the Kyrgyz Republic.
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Nikolai Chuikov, Tolkunbek Abdygulov, Aibek Kadyraliev
Working Paper No. 19, February 2013, 34 p.
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In Search of Coherence: Kazakhstan’s Trade and Industrial Policy
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Sabit Khakimzhanov, Ai-Gul S. Seitenova
Working Paper No. 18, February 2013, 48 p.
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Productivity Implications of Participation in Export Activities: The Case of Farmers in Talas Oblast of Kyrgyzstan
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Kanat Tilekeyev
Working Paper No. 17, February 2013, 28 p.
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Food Security and the Agricultural Cooperation Agenda in Central Asia with a Focus on Tajikistan
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Shokhboz Asadov
Working Paper No. 16, February 2013, 38 p.
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Business Cycles in Central Asia and the Russian Federation
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Nurbek Jenish
Working Paper No. 15, January 2013, 30 p.
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Kazakhstan’s Investments in Central Asia
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Kassymkhan Kapparov
Working Paper No. 14, January 2013, 24 p.
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Trade and Economic Relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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Khodjamakhmad Umarov
Working Paper No. 13, February 2013, 24 p.
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Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia: Trade Creation and Trade Diversion in Central Asia in 2010-2011
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Roman Mogilevskii
Working Paper No. 12, February 2013, 46 p.
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Foreign Trade of Turkmenistan: Trends, Problems and Prospects
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Ishanguly Jumayev
Working Paper No. 11, January 2013, 36 p.
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Regional Organisations in Central Asia: Patterns of Interaction, Dilemmas of Efficiency
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Marlene Laruelle and Sebastien Peyrouse
Working Paper No. 10, December 2012, 60 p. Policy Brief: English
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Re-export Activities in Kyrgyzstan: Issues and Prospects
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Roman Mogilevskii
Working Paper No. 9, December 2012, 52 p.
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On the Possibility of Inflation Targeting in Kyrgyzstan
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Nurbek Jenish,
Asel Kyrgyzbaeva
Working Paper No. 8, November 2012, 60 p.
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On the Possibility of Inflation Targeting in Kyrgyzstan
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Nurbek Jenish
Working Paper No. 8, December 2013, 64 p.
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Export of Higher Education Services in Kyrgyzstan
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Nurbek Jenish
Working Paper No. 7, October 2012, 40 p. Policy Brief: English
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Tajikistan’s Transit Corridors and their Potential for Developing Regional Trade
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Shokhboz Asadov
Working Paper No. 6, September 2012, 40 p.
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Economic Interaction of Russia with the countries of Central Asia: Trends and Prospects
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Irina Sinitsina
Working Paper No. 5, August 2012, 96 p.
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Uzbekistan: Trade Regime and Recent Trade Developments
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Brion Anderson and Yuriy Klimov
Working Paper No. 4, August 2012, 56 p.
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Afghanistan and Regional Trade: More, or Less, Imports from Central Asia?
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Saeed Parto, Jos Winters, Ehsan Saadat, Mohsin Usyan, and Anastasiya Hozyainova
Working Paper No. 3, August 2012, 42 p. Policy Brief in English, Dari .
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International Transport in Central Asia: Understanding the Patterns of (Non-)Cooperation
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Elena Kulipanova
Working Paper No. 2, August 2012, 50 p. Policy Brief
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Trends and Patterns in Foreign Trade of Central Asian Countries, Roman Mogilevskii
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Roman Mogilevskii
Working Paper No. 1, May 2012, 51 p.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Institute of Public Policy and Administration
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
Bishkek 720001
Kyrgyz Republic
Tel: +996 312 910 822, ext. 572
Fax : +996 312 910 835
ippa@ucentralasia.org