Kinship, business and development

Studies of kinship in Central Asia often focus on its political implications. But the nature of family relations, including norms of mutual support, can also be a major issue when it comes to the development of small and medium business. How does family and kinship links affect the prospects of business start-ups? What can we learn about the relationship between the size and quality of social networks of an entrepreneur in Kyrgyzstan to opportunities for her/his business enterprise?
With these research questions, Crossroads Central Asia is currently conducting a survey of 1000 small business owners in Bishkek and Osh. The survey was preceded by 20 in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs from different industries as well as a number of experts and leaders of business associations. The research project is led by Prof Paul Dower of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with Crossroads Central Asia acting as a field research partner.