A friend in Kyrgyzstan recently told me about the first time she saw a person with disabilities: She had just turned 19 and left the country to study abroad. Day-to-day life makes it easy to forget the people with disabilities who live among us. There are few accessible ramps in Bishkek. A recent trip to… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Central Asia
This month, we’ll be taking a little trip to the future here in Kyrgyzstan. That’s because our fair city of Bishkek will be playing host to the country’s first Future Agro Challenge (FAC).
Last March, Almaty’s delegation to the 4th World Bicycle Forum returned from Medellín, where 6,000 cycling enthusiasts from five continents came together to share, learn, and understand. The principle of “open streets” has reached epidemic proportions in more than 300 cities around the world.
For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines. I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy. Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable… Read more »
Justice is often symbolized as a blindfolded woman holding a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. I believe this symbol contributes to the ongoing perception that justice is closely linked with coercion. In line with global efforts to ensure access to justice, I would like to suggest looking for a new symbol… Read more »
“Not all inequalities are created equal.” So goes one of the main takeaway messages from the Dialogue on Inequalities recently held in Istanbul. Yet we still use only one indicator—the Gini coefficient of income inequality—to judge them all. Back in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy said GDP “measures everything. . . except that which makes life… Read more »
Recently, I blogged about setting up solar water heaters as potential business opportunities for women in Tajikistan. Today, I’m happy to follow up the story on the ground with the resourceful women of Jilikul, a tiny village near the border of Afghanistan.
Larga is one of the 60 communities that UNDP in Moldova is supporting to become a model of democratic local governance. For us, this means finding ways to get citizens engaged in local affairs, a major challenge in rural communities in Moldova. One way that we’ve tried to intervene is in challenging our mayors to… Read more »
One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »
With an incredible 300+ sunny days a year, Tajikistan seems primed to be a solar powered force to be reckoned with. A recent UNECE report notes that solar power “could satisfy 60%–80% of the population’s demand for 10 months in the year.” Solar business makes a lot of sense for a country that has a… Read more »