How do we fight corruption in law? We tried something different in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Human rights and rule of law




Despite tangible progress in the justice system, the trust of the Kyrgyz citizens to the court system remains very low. A recent survey shows that 51% of the population believe judges are “very corrupt”, with another 37% thinking they are “somewhat corrupt.” It’s the kind of phenomenon that leads to legal nihilism – where people… Read more »

A Call to Action: Stop “Bride Kidnapping”

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Filed under: Central Asia Gender equality Human rights and rule of law




One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »

On violence: A new approach in Serbia with the New School

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights and rule of law Social innovation




Recent statistics reveals the alarming prevalence of violence against women in Serbia: 54 percent of women were exposed to some form of violence during their lifetime, while only 10 percent contacted services for assistance. This violence presents a complex social problem. It is both a root cause of gender inequality as well as an extreme… Read more »

The road to development: Why we need more economists in the driver’s seat

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Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Poverty Social inclusion




Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?