This is the first compilation of the research reports conducted by junior researchers within the framework of the EU-funded project 'Constructive dialogues on religion and democracy' implemented in Kyrgyzstan by International Alert in partnership with the Iyman Foundation for Spiritual Culture Development under the President of Kyrgyzstan.
The project aims to support open public discourse and communication about the freedom of religion and belief, the role of religion in people’s life, the interrelation between state and religious institutions, and state policies on religion. One of the project’s main tasks is to build the capacity of junior researchers to conduct research on sensitive issues related to religion, the role of religion in a democratic and secular society, and create a pool of more experienced analysts.
During the first round of research, 29 applicants were selected and trained in analytical and report-writing skills. Four topics were then identified and approved by the project’s expert consultative working group:
- Real and imaginary Islamophobia in Bishkek
- Kyrgyz national values and the creation of a civic identity
- The media's role in covering religious issues and building constructive dialogue on religion and democracy.
- Interaction between religious organisations and local government bodies
- Date:March 2019