Micronarratives: Small stories reveal big truths in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »

More men, more corruption?

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development

In December, we launched a survey report shedding new light on how corruption affects women and men in civil service in Kosovo*. We were struck by one of the key results: the positive correlation between higher representation of men in decision-making institutions and higher levels of corruption. Are women just less corrupt than men? 

Opening data in Kosovo*: The curious case of Gjakova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »

South Eastern Europe in review: Where citizens are the experts

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Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Social innovation

Whenever I discuss the governance challenges in South Eastern Europe, the discussion quickly boils down to one issue: (anti) corruption. At the recently organized SELDI policy advocacy workshop, we went back to the basic principles of “good governance.” This opened up a wider debate indicating that now may be the time to both reframe the… Read more »