Next stop Athens: Kyrgyz agro-innovations on the move

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Congratulations! Kyrgyzstan’s trip to the future continues in Greece. Do you remember our first blog about the Future Agro Challenge contest in Bishkek? Kyrgyzstan’s inaugural Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition culminated with a bang on 21 June. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and KG Labs embarked on the very first steps in bringing together thought leaders… Read more »

Corruption, governance, and the SDGs: Introducing Peter Eigen

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion

In some ways, the Sustainable Development Goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals. Though most believe the MDGs have helped make a difference in the lives of the world’s most needy and vulnerable, a common critique has been the absence of functional links to governance concerns. These critics have emphasized that if we want the… Read more »

How sustainable are our development goals?

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We all want a better world. Before I lose you in the dust of big words and abbreviations, let’s at least agree on that much. If you’re familiar with development in general or the work of United Nations – even a little bit, you have heard of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the last 15… Read more »

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 »