Inequalities: When perceptions don’t reflect reality


Filed under: Anticorruption Development Governance Inequalities

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 »

How a small film brought a big impact to a Kosovo* village


Filed under: Development Disaster response Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Roma

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 »

The Global Goals need alternative sources of financing: Introducing UNDP Alternative Financing Lab

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Filed under: Development Other Social innovation

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 »

Rethinking the way the world deals with refugees


Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security Social inclusion

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 »

United by a passion for a stronger world


Filed under: Development

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 »

We need more women in politics. Here’s how to make sure quotas don’t fail

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Governance

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


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 »