The hard facts: How do we prevent violent extremism in Europe and Central Asia?

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Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Peace and security




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 »

Can we build a social innovation ecosystem in FYR Macedonia?

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Filed under: Development Social innovation




Inspired by Cari Keller’s exciting coaching, we all agreed that ‘design thinking’ could be a powerful approach to tackling development problems. To spread our enthusiasm, we established the country’s first ever winter design thinking course*. Young people can benefit from adopting a fresh, design thinking approach. New start-ups tend to simply replicate ideas that have… Read more »

The unsung heroes of Chernobyl

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Filed under: Development Disaster response




  I remember distinctly the images of Chernobyl on the TV screen. How can anyone forget that horrifying, 10-day long nuclear fire? But the after-effects of Chernobyl are no longer a distant reality to me. I currently head the UN’s development efforts in Belarus, and have had the chance to travel to the exclusion zone –… Read more »

How does investing in disaster prevention pay off?

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Filed under: Development Disaster response




The unprecedented damage Bosnia and Herzegovina saw in the 2014 floods has shown us the devastating effects of deprioritized financing and years of neglect of flood control systems. Doboj, a northern town in BiH, was among the worst-hit cities. More than 3,500 dwellings were destroyed or damaged by flood water. Urgent rehabilitation of 400 homes… Read more »

I work for UNDP and I am not a development expert

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Filed under: Development




I have to be honest with you. Four years ago, just before my first day at UNDP in Turkey, I thought I knew everything about development. I was dead wrong. Doing development is less about having a comfortable office and more about touching people’s hearts. It’s about being open to learning from others. But that’s… Read more »

Growth for all: Some thoughts after #talkinequality

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How can we ensure that economic growth benefits everyone, not just the privileged elite? It’s a question often asked these days as the topic of inequality becomes more and more visible. Simon Kuznets, the Nobel laureate, argued that the relationship between inequality and income is like an inverted U: inequality initially increases with economic growth,… Read more »