The rise of the “middle class”: Are the rumors true?

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Filed under: Central Asia Other Social inclusion




In much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, what we are witnessing is not so much the “rise” of middle classes, but rather their post-socialist reconstitution. Prior to the 1990s, virtually all of the region’s transition economies had “socialist” middle classes (Turkey excepted). These consisted of well-educated blue- and white-collar workers, engineers, and other members… Read more »

Focusing development efforts around the MDGs was not always easy

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Poverty




I remember meeting with partners in the Cabinet of Ministers in 2002-3, working as a poverty reduction consultant. I was advised not to bring up the topic of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with government officials, as it would be insulting for them to compare their country with other developing countries. The Government officials were very proud… Read more »

Gearing up for the Good

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Other Social inclusion Social innovation




This year’s Social Good Summit is shaping up to be the most globally connected yet. And it’s very, very exciting because this isn’t just any Social Good Summit: This year, with meet ups scheduled for over 100 countries (and counting) it is the biggest ever, and we’re bringing together activists, artists, leaders and everyday citizens… Read more »