(UNESCO / Japan Young Researchers' fellowships programme)

Measuring the contribution of culture to achieving the MDGs: Perspectives in Central Asia

Summary of research carried out: 
Measuring the contribution of culture to achieving the MDGs: Perspectives in Central Asia

The project seeks to devise methods and scientific approaches for local research centres, public institutions and establishments to facilitating the promotion of culture and intercultural dialogue. I believe that my scientific work at host institutions has played a very fruitful and useful role in fulfilling the objectives of this research project, which aims to create a solid information base on perspectives for measurement of the contribution of culture in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Central Asia and establish academic contacts with international scholars specialized in this field of research.

The first part of this project created a theoretical conceptual framework. During the project formulation, many consultations were held with national and local government interlocutors and civil-society and community-based organizations, including cultural and academic institutions. During implementation, the project will strengthen national and local counterparts through awareness-raising, capacity-building and the development of safeguarding measures and regulatory frameworks and the provision of services.

The second part of research has also contributed practical knowledge, relationships and experiences acquired at the host university. Many methods will be used for achieving the project’s objectives. These include qualitative methods (interviews, questionnaires), systematic case analyses, a historical approach and data synthesis.

The complete results of my research will be published as a monograph for the students of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The complete database document will also be very useful for policy-makers, scientists and NGOs for preparing country reports on the MDGs.

Lastly, the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowship Programme has offered me great opportunities to establish contacts with international scholars and experts on the subject of my research. I have visited many scientific centres, libraries and academic institutions. I believe that I have created a new scientific area and opportunities for the prospects of my research career, and I have had the opportunity to improve the quality of my PhD thesis. I am sure that I will use the acquired knowledge in my future research at my University.


21 May 2012