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 »
Posts Categorized: Governance
Ever wonder about your municipality’s responsibilities and budget? If you needed to, do you feel that you could influence their decisions? Does your opinion even matter?
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 level of corruption in the health sector in the Eastern European and Central Asian region is alarming. A recent survey by EBRD shows one in three respondents making informal payments or gifts to receive treatment in public healthcare facilities. We know corruption affects governance negatively. Estimates also show that the cost of corruption equals… Read more »
Real and perceived governance deficits pose risks to progress made in addressing inequalities in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. Although the new development agenda places inclusive societies, peace and institutions as a priority, the relationship between governance and inequality is still not well understood.
The Ministry of Data launched on October 1 and we are now in full swing. Come and meet us, check out the challenge online, talk to us on Facebook and, most importantly, APPLY TODAY!
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 »
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 »