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 »
Posts Categorized: Central Asia
Every year, rivers in Central Asia flood, causing enormous damage to houses, infrastructure, and economies across the region’s intricate borders. And each year of flooding comes as a stark reminder of Central Asian countries’ major vulnerability to natural disasters, and their deep interconnectedness.
Rice grows best in moist conditions. It can’t grow in arid areas unless the field is properly irrigated. This is why 90 percent of the land in the dry region of Kyzylorda, is kept irrigated. The only problem is that this area has also always been Kazakhstan’s biggest rice producer and provider for the other Central… Read more »
Remittances flowing into the less wealthy Central Asian countries are – relative to GDP – among the largest in the world. As the data in the below figure reveals, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have been world leaders in this category since 2011:
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 »
In July, I sat in a room with some of the leading academics in the corruption studies field. In 2012, some of them had embarked on a five-year adventure aimed at identifying patterns in the successes and failures of anti-corruption efforts. Three years on, they invited their peers to Berlin to provide feedback, and allowed… Read more »
Story collection through micronarratives is not a new method for UNDP. It has been used to collect data on employment in Kyrgyzstan, to better understand Roma needs in Serbia, and working with youth in Georgia, to just to name a few. But never has it been tried and tested in Tajikistan, until now!
In May, in the span of just two weeks, 134,000 Saiga antelope died in Kazakhstan. The statistics are shocking. All the more so when you realize that 80 percent of the world’s Saiga population live here.
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 »
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).