Albania: Where a picture’s worth a thousand words

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Filed under: Development Other

One day, I found an unusual email in my inbox. Sent from a man named Mark in the United States, the message read: “Can you please help me find pictures of my great-grandfather who used to live in Shkoder until the beginning of the twentieth century?” Surprised, I wondered how I would possibly find those pictures;… Read more »

Wanted: New Yardstick for Inequalities

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Filed under: Central Asia Development

“Not all inequalities are created equal.” So goes one of the main takeaway messages from the Dialogue on Inequalities recently held in Istanbul. Yet we still use only one indicator—the Gini coefficient of income inequality—to judge them all. Back in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy said GDP “measures everything. . . except that which makes life… Read more »

Renewable energy cooperation: How do we get from Powerpoints to power plants?

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Filed under: Climate change Development Environment

I found myself confused as I listened to the discussion in the European Parliament a few days ago. A policy-level discussion was taking place between various important stakeholders from the EU, the Western Balkans and the North Africa region on renewable energy cooperation between the EU and its neighbour-countries and regions. We know that renewable energy cooperation is… Read more »

My Municipality: A super tool for local development

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Filed under: Development Governance Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

Over 6,500 citizens in fYR Macedonia are now using My Municipality. The app provides a new and engaging way for citizens to communicate their top priorities for local development to decision-makers. Through the installation of  user-friendly touch-screens and an interactive website, the project has enabled citizens in four pilot municipalities to —with just a few… Read more »

Finding a job’s a full-time job: Dispatch from Moldova’s SYSLAB

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

I recently had a chance to check out one of the SYSLAB Centres in Moldova. SYSLAB works with people who have been unemployed for a long term, returning immigrants, and recent graduates who may lack relevant work experience. It may seem simple at first glance, but I’ve found that what SYSLAB actually offers is a… Read more »