The main scientific impact of the project has been an improved empirical understanding of the well-being of older people living in the poorest countries of the former soviet union, most notably Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Tajikistan, where the in-depth qualitative research took place. It highlighted the limited role played by public transfers and the significance of private transfers, especially remittances, in providing a safety net. Intergenerational exchanges however operate in both directions, with grandparents providing support for grandchildren.
Falkingham, JC, et al (2011) Left Behind in Transition? Poverty, Social Networks and Social Support amongst Older People in Central Asia and the Caucasus ESRC Impact Report, RES-167-25-0191. Swindon: ESRC.