Loud and clear: Rethinking service design in Georgia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Health Social inclusion

112 is one of the most dialed phone numbers in Georgia. In 2013 alone, over eight million emergency calls were made to this national response hotline. Their website lists emergency services available for children, a video tour, and frequently asked questions for those who may need immediate help. They provide everything for everyone – except… Read more »

Good intentions, bad results: How inadequate laws in Central Asia violate human rights

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Health HIV Human rights

I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »

Healthy choices: Optimizing decisions in an area of uncertainty

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Filed under: Development Guest posts Health HIV

Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »

Checking our shoe size: Reducing the carbon footprint of our health programmes

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Filed under: Environment Health HIV

Climate change is everyone’s problem – and we are stepping up. UNDP is fully committed to reducing the carbon footprint of all programmes. When it comes to HIV, health and development - we’re working to deliver the vital services that millions count on - while at the same time minimizing their environmental impacts.

HIV: Living behind a disguise

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Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality

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Filed under: Gender equality Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

Since its early days, the Decade of Roma Inclusion has focused primarily on four priority areas: employment, education, health and housing. Even though gender equality is a cross-cutting issue, attention to this area has been significantly smaller throughout the years. Usually, gender equality is treated as an isolated category, rather than a social factor that… Read more »

Odessa municipality listens to feedback about service quality from people living with HIV

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Filed under: Health HIV Human rights Social inclusion

It is a well-known fact that effective HIV responses usually involve the strong engagement of regional and local organizations as they are closer to the people who need these services and better understand their needs. (Key populations at higher risk of HIV include people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men… Read more »

Confessions of a Serial Consulter, Part 1: Debunking Myths

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Development 2.0 Environment Governance Health HIV Social inclusion

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: What kind of world do you want? Looking back on the past year as part of the United Nations World we Want team working on engaging people in a discussion of what matters for their future, I feel compelled to come clean on the experience thus far. Our work is… Read more »