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 »
Posts Categorized: Development
Producing one kilogram of beef can use up as much as 27 kilograms of carbon emissions. That’s almost the same quantity as if you were to burn between 6 and 10 litres of petrol. The world’s meat production is growing at an unprecedented rate and the driving force behind this surge is a combination… Read more »
Complexity is a defining feature of Agenda 2030. Given that all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are interconnected, where are policy-makers and statisticians supposed to start? Which road should they take to ensure maximum impact on a largest possible number of targets?
Funding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be a daunting challenge. By some estimates, it will take nearly 20 times last year’s official international aid or the combined GDP of Africa’s 30 biggest economies in additional funds each year to keep on track.
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 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 »
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 »
Real and perceived governance deficits pose risks to progress made in addressing inequalities in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Although the new development agenda places inclusive societies, peace and institutions as a priority, the relationship between governance and inequality is still not well understood.
The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have turned violent. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the story.
Researching labour market inequalities for the Regional Human Development Report, I can see clearly that gender inequality is alive and well in the Western Balkans. Although some countries show promising hints of improvement, the unfavorable economic background of the last decade has prevented women from advancing on a number of different fronts.