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 »
Posts Categorized: Development
On 27 April, Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang will give a Kapuściński Development Lecture in Bilbao. If his past work is any guide, Professor Chang will argue that poverty reduction efforts should focus on industrial transformation, and the role of the state.
Cypriots today are rediscovering their unity around a shared cultural heritage; however, this hasn’t always been the case. How did this shift happen?
Close your eyes and picture an entrepreneur. What comes to your mind? Most likely a shiny suit running around big buildings in the big city. Yes – historically the funds, networks and markets for entrepreneurs have been in big cities, trying new ideas and initiatives. But local wisdom says it’s time for a shift. And… Read more »
“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 »
I was recently watching a video we at UNDP in Albania produced 10 years ago. What caught my attention was the voice of a second grader, Antea. A voice full of hope that Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) would change her life. “We need better schools, greener parks, and healthier environment so that it does not… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Are different forms of inequalities always and equally objectionable? This was one of the key questions put forward at the recent Dialogue in Inequalities I ran in Istanbul last month. It is my contention that not all inequalities are created equal. Instead, inequalities may be “good”, “bad”, or “ugly” – and sometimes more than one… Read more »
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 »