Lesson learned: Why you should always bring a new donor to the field

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Filed under: Development

During the difficult events that befell Kyrgyzstan in 2010, the Russian Federation was one of the first donors to support Kyrgyzstan. The Russian Federation made a major donation to UNDP in Kyrgyzstan without any conditions or strings. It was very much appreciated. However, two years later, when we approached them with development project in the Naryn area, it was… Read more »

The road to development: Why we need more economists in the driver’s seat

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Filed under: Development Human rights Migration and remittances Poverty Social inclusion

Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?

Moldova post-2015: How are we getting ready?

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Filed under: Development Social innovation

Some time ago, in the first round of the national post-2015 consultations, citizens in Moldova told us about their aspirations. They spoke of finding decent work, wanting better social protection, and having more accountable governance. This will be all the more challenging in a world where rising energy and food prices, climate-related threats, emigration, and… Read more »

What will the Global Forum on Youth Policies address?

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Filed under: Development Governance Social inclusion

Young people around the world are full of ambition and expectations. They also face many challenges. Poverty and limited access to resources, education, healthcare, and employment can hinder the full realization of youth rights, opportunities, and potential in many parts of the world. Coupled with social discrimination, violence, and environmental degradation, this leads to worrying implications… Read more »