Inequalities: When perceptions don’t reflect reality

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development Governance Inequalities




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 »

We need more women in politics. Here’s how to make sure quotas don’t fail

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Governance




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 »

Healthy beginnings: How Ukrainians joined forces to drive out corruption for good

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Filed under: Governance Health




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 »

Lessons for Greece from other lands

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Filed under: Development Governance Other




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 »

Innovating local governance: What did you create?

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Filed under: Environment Governance Social innovation




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 »