Japan supports Regional Forum on Equal Participation in Decision-Making


Filed under: Gender equality Governance

Women’s access to decision-making has been slow and uneven in most countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) website, 16 countries in the region fail to reach the global average of 19 percent female representation in national parliaments, with variation ranging from 6.5 percent to 31.8 percent. To support… Read more »

The bitter truth behind the Roma question – what can be done (part 3)


Filed under: Governance Human rights and rule of law Poverty Roma Social inclusion

The bitter truth behind the Roma question – why no progress so far (part 2) The Roma question: scratch the surface of the racist protest and you’ll find… (part 1)  I addressed the reasons why little progress has been made with Roma inclusion. However, all is not lost. It is possible to break this vicious… Read more »

Let’s walk the talk: Universal Periodic Review


Filed under: Human rights and rule of law

In my three recent missions to Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, I confronted a different reality of human rights discourse at the national level. The country specific recommendations generated by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and accepted by national governments have become a unique mechanism of the United Nations system to initiate dialogue with governments. For… Read more »

Social Innovation Camp Armenia (Mardamej): Got an itch?


Filed under: Development 2.0

“Good ideas come from having an itch to scratch” – Social Innovation Camp Ltd. The Social Innovation Camp Armenia (Mardamej) will take place later this month in Yerevan. For those of you who might not be familiar with the concept, Social Innovation Camps bring together ideas, people and digital tools to build web-based solutions to social… Read more »

Development and Transition to cover latest on ‘sustainability and equity’ in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia


Filed under: Development Environment

The developing and transition economies in Europe and Central Asia are part of the only major region that has seen a large absolute decline in carbon emissions in the past two decades. That said, the region includes several countries with extremely high energy intensities, notably, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Russia alone ranks in the global… Read more »

How it should be: Civil society and Government partner on financial accountability


Filed under: Anticorruption Development Governance

Wonderful developments are taking place in Montenegro on public policy dialogue between the highest level of senior officials from the Supreme Audit Institution, the Ministry of Finance, Parliament and civil society representatives. These discussions are focusing on the internal and external financial control mechanisms of public institutions and the role Montenegrin civil society organizations are playing –… Read more »