Nostalgia for the Soviet (or Yugoslav) economic systems is often encountered in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of the reasons for this—security, stability, an absence of armed conflict—are not hard to understand. However, many people from these regions—including those who approve of the changes that took hold in the 1990s—also seem to miss the… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development
To “leave no one behind”, we must measure inequalities – but with what conceptual frameworks? The “elephant” chart above, prepared by Branko Milanovic, shows real incomes received during 1988-2008 (vertical axis) by various shares of the global population (horizontal axis).
I met BAFTA Award winning director Daniel Mulloy in Prishtina in early 2015. Being deeply concerned by the refugee crisis, Daniel wanted to make a movie that would speak to the West. As a refugee myself who returned home with help from the international community I shared Daniel’s passion. We decided to create a piece of… Read more »
Financing the Global Goals will take a lot of resources. In fact, there’s currently a $2.5 billion gap in funding the current SDG agenda. On the bright side, though, there are a whole new set of funding sources out there. Crowdfunding investments, for example, reached US$37 billion in 2015, amounting to one-third of development assistance…. Read more »
Ever wonder about your municipality’s responsibilities and budget? If you needed to, do you feel that you could influence their decisions? Does your opinion even matter?
A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images have all but disappeared, but… Read more »
What if you lived far from the grid? If you wanted power desperately but could not access it? In the small village of Cikote, Milka and Stevo Balac have been living without electricity for more than 10 years. Dusty light-bulbs are still in their fixtures, but they are just a memory of what it was… Read more »
It’s International Youth Day! Over the last two years, UNDP in Azerbaijan has collaborated to establish a Model United Nations and boost the MUN movement in the country. The Model UN movement unites youth from different educational backgrounds and social status. Their shared interest in global affairs unites them, creating a strong network of Azerbaijani… Read more »
The low representation of women in politics remains one of the most obvious obstacles preventing us from achieving gender equality in the world. In the Republic of Moldova, a medium income country in Eastern Europe that ranks 50th in the most recent Gender Inequality Index, we want to increase the pace of change and ensure… Read more »
The threat of violent extremism and terrorist attacks is of increasing concern within the Europe and Central Asia region. Since 1992, the region has seen a total of 6,125 attacks in 1800 locations. At 519 incidents, Turkey’s Istanbul has faced the most attacks – more than twice the next location on the list – Grozny,… Read more »