BRIF Center (Central Asian Center of Social Data)


ul. Furmanova 220, #53
480100 Almaty
Tel: 65-62-33, 65-68-23
Fax: 61-61-32
Contact: Slava Kozlov, Julia Firsova

BRIF was established in 1996 as a center for gathering, archiving, and disseminating data from social surveys and public opinion polls conducted in Central Asia. It was conceived by the managers of the BRIF Agency, a separate commercial information agency.

The center focuses on a wide range of social issues, including ecology, politics, ethnic conflict, emigration, immigration and the media. It receives information primarily from government and independent research organizations, news/information agencies, NGOs and international organizations working in the region. In turn, BRIF's statistical reports are used by a wide audience, including these same research organizations and news agencies as well as students, journalists, and commercial entities.

Data is distributed both electronically and through print sources such as books, articles, research reports, research manuals, census data and government statistics, computer databases, GIS data, video-tapes etc.

BRIF also publishes a monthly bulletin, Opinion, which reports the findings of recently conducted public opinion polls and surveys, announces upcoming events, and lists valuable sources of social information. This bulletin is published in both English and Russian and is available in print or electronic format. Slava Koslov, the center's director, has worked at Radio Svoboda in Budapest and writes the English version of the Bulletin.

A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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Last updated:    November 1998