For many, Greece has become synonymous with the word ‘crisis’. For the longest time, for better or worse, she could not escape the spotlight. Words were thrown around – frivolously, carelessly: debt, austerity, irresponsibility, welfare, reform. We read as much as we could handle, listened as much as we could, and tried to make sense… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Governance
What? On September 25, the United Nations is unveiling the Global Goals: These 17 Goals aim to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years: End extreme poverty. Fight inequality & injustice. Fix climate change. Young people have a big role to play here, which is why UNDP’s #IstanbulHUB is excited to get YOU in on the… Read more »
If government is best run close to the people, then local self-governance is a cornerstone in the structure of our democratic political system. But in a time of limited budgets, how can we make our local government more efficient and responsive? Instead of leaving this headache to policymakers, Kolba asked those of us who are… Read more »
The road to justice in Kyrgyzstan is a bumpy one. To receive legal advice or consultation, people need to travel at least five-eight kilometres, on average, and pay about US $25-35 for the service. With salaries averaging at around $380, it is no surprise that many do not seek legal aid; some do not think it… Read more »
Are you an open data champion from Europe and/or Central Asia looking an e-place to call home? Without further ado, let me welcome you to ODECA. Kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and stay a while!
It’s been almost a year since we asked citizens in three pilot Ukrainian municipalities what they wanted to know about their city budgets. These results have now turned into tangible tools.
Justice is often symbolized as a blindfolded woman holding a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. I believe this symbol contributes to the ongoing perception that justice is closely linked with coercion. In line with global efforts to ensure access to justice, I would like to suggest looking for a new symbol… Read more »
About 3,000 residents from five towns and villages of Armenia are now enrolled in the Micro-referendum Tool initiative. Micro-Referendum Tool allows local governments to run SMS-polls to better reach their constituents and engage them in community affairs. The tool provides citizens an opportunity to safely express their opinions via SMS. This is especially important for… 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 »
At the time of Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d one day have the opportunity to accompany the two chief Cyprus peace negotiators to meet the key people who helped the great man in leading the struggle to dismantle apartheid. At a time when hope in the peace process… Read more »