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On November 22, 2023, online (ZOOM)/offline workshop “Household and community access to energy in the Fergana Valley – a multidimensional survey-based assessment in three CAREC countries” was held in Namangan, Uzbekistan. During the seminar, the results of surveys conducted by the CAREC Institute, the Asian Development Bank Institute together with the Public Opinion Research Institute in three countries – Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan - were discussed. At the seminar, Ph.D., Director of the Institute, National Consultant of the Asian Development Bank Botagoz Rakisheva presented the results of this research

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Video of the Workshop:

Agenda of the Workshop:

Time (Uzb)



Moderator: Representative of the Turan International University

Akhadkhon Najmitdinov, Co-Founder of the Turan International University (TIU),

Kabir Jurazoda, Director at the CAREC Institute,

Namangan official (TBC)


1. Session: Energy issues, policies, initiatives Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and beyond


Moderator: Hans Holzhacker (Chief Economist at the CAREC Institute)


-   Shakhboz Akhmedov, Country Manager Uzbekistan of Sungrow Power Supply Ltd., Co-Founder of Sustainability Nexus Solutions

-   Daler Qubodbekov, Project Officer, Energy Sector, ADB Tajikistan Resident Mission

-   Kamalbek Karymshakov, PhD, Economist, Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University

-   Dimitris Symeonidis, Founder at the Decentralized Solutions Global Network, Central Asia Researcher at CERTH (Greece), affiliation with the Central Asia Bureau for Analytical Research

-   Vera Economou, Lead ESG Group Competence Center, coordinator of ESG experts across Network Banks at Raiffeisen Bank International


Q&A, Discussion




2. Session: Household energy access in the Fergana Valley – the project


Moderator: Ulmas Ibragimov, Dean at the Turan International University


Introduction: Hans Holzhacker


Technique and results of the project: Botagoz Rakisheva, Director of the Public Opinion Research Institute, Astana, Kazakhstan


How to promote clean heating: Dina Azhgaliyeva, Senior Research Fellow Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan


Q&A, Discussion


Concluding remarks: Hans Holzhacker


Moderator: Representative of the Turan International University

Akhadkhon Najmitdinov, Co-Founder of the Turan International University (TIU),

Kabir Jurazoda, Director at the CAREC Institute,

Namangan official (TBC)




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On March 12, 2021, the CAREC Institute (Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation), together with Public Opinion Research Institute (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan), with the support of the Asian Development Bank, held a joint online (ZOOM) / offline workshop Analysis of public attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccination in selected CAREC countries: (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan). On the workshop preliminary results of a population survey in relation to vaccination against COVID-19 were presented and discussed. The survey was conducted by the Institute in December 2020 - January 2021 in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, together with partners in the countries. 1000 respondents in each country were interviewed, 7000 respondents in total.

The workshop was attended by over 20 main participants and over 80 listeners online. Key speakers: Botagoz Rakisheva – Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Scientific Advisor and Project Director at Public Opinion Research Institute and Hans Holzhacker - Ph.D, Chief Economist at CAREC Institute. In the main session of the workshop, Botagoz Rakisheva presented the main comparative results of surveys of 7 CAREC countries in relation to the population towards vaccination against COVID-19. Hans Holzhacker presented the economic analysis of the survey results.

In addition, the reports of the speakers were presented in the second section, dedicated to highlighting the situation with the pandemic and vaccination of the population from COVID-19 in the 7 countries represented. The key speaker of the section - Alua Zholdybalina, Ph.D, Deputy Director of the Kazakhstan Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - presented a report on the main trends in vaccination in the world and in Kazakhstan. Also, the representative of Kyrgyzstan Gulbara Ishenapysova, director of the Republican Center for Immunoprophylaxis of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, joined the second session with a report. Gulbara Ishenapisova shared information on the national preparation plan for the organization of the COVID-19 vaccine delivery and vaccination, as well as on the participation of Kyrgyzstan in the COVAX mechanism. Representative of Pakistan Irfan Shahzad Takalvi, founding president of the Eurasian Century Institute, spoke about the situation with the pandemic in Pakistan, and also shared his opinion on the attitude of the Pakistani population towards vaccination against COVID-19. Nurshai Azimbayeva, Head of the Directorate for Control of Vaccine-Resistant Infections of the Committee of Sanitary and Epidemiological Control of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, spoke in detail about the organization of vaccination against COVID-19 in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The video and materials of the workshop are available on the official website of the CAREC Institute.

On May 29, 2018, Public Opinion Research Institute, the World Values Survey Association,  Department of Sociology and Anthropology of Nazarbayev University held a Scientific Seminar «The World Values Survey» (1981-2018): Exploring the Cultural Change. Organization, History, Findings».


On May 29, 2018 Public Opinion Research Institute and the (Austria, Vienna) held a Scientific Seminar «The World Values Survey» (1981-2018): Exploring the Cultural Change. Organization, History, Findings». The meeting was held in Russian. World Values Survey is the world’s largest international scientific program and research network in the field of sociology and social sciences in general, as well as a project to study value systems and change values in particular. Speakers at the Scientific Seminar: Prof. Christian W Haerpfer – World Values Survey Association President (WVSA) and others. Kseniya Kizilova, World Values Survey Association Secretary.

Prof. Christian W Haerpfer is a professor of political science and political sociology at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna (Austria). In 2017-2018 Christian W Haerpfer is also a Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of the United Arab Emirates in Al Ain (UAE). As the “Representative for Liaison with Science Committees,” Professor Haerpfer has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) in Montreal, Canada, since 2016. He coordinates the activities of all 50 IPSA research committees in terms of global research in political science and political sociology. Professor Haerpfer is the founder of the IPSA Research Committee No. 17, Comparative Public Opinion, since 2009. Professor Haerpfer is the director of the Institute for Comparative Social Research at ICSR, and the founder of the Eurasian Barometer in Vienna, Austria. The Eurasian Barometer, which analyzes social, economic and cultural changes in Eastern Europe (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova), the Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan) and Central Asia (Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan) from 2000 to 2018.

Dr. Kseniya Kizilova has been Head of the Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association (Stockholm, Sweden) since 2013. As the Head of the WVSA Secretariat, Dr. Kizilova coordinates national polls in 80 countries of the world as part of the 7th wave “World Values” (2017-2019), and is also responsible for administration, communication, etc. activities of the WVSA association. Since 2015, Kseniya Kizilova has been Deputy Director of the Institute for Comparative Social Research in Vienna, Austria. In 2013, Kseniya Kizilova became deputy director of the international comparative research program “Eurasian Barometer”, which analyzes social, economic and political changes in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. As deputy director of the Eurasian Barometer, Kseniya Kizilova is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Barometer Research Group (GBS), which runs a network of regional barometers that study socio-political processes in all regions of the world.

Since 2017, the 7th wave of research has started, in which, since 2018, Public Opinion Research Institute is a representative of Kazakhstan.

Since 2018 Botagoz Rakisheva, Candidate of Sociological Sciences, Project Director of the Institute, is the Principal investigator of WVS-7 in Kazakhstan.