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 »
Posts Categorized: Central Asia
“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 »
As an avid cyclist and clean energy advocate, I know how easy life can be with green transport. The challenge in my job is showing how green choices – such as in public transport and bicycles – can improve the environment, public safety, and save time.
These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour. According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion. I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold… Read more »
I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »
What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »