Rethinking the way the world deals with refugees

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




A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the  western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images have all but disappeared, but… Read more »

How do we avoid taking two steps back?

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Filed under: Disaster response Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security




Our region has seen countless examples of how development brings a country one step forward, only to have disasters, conflicts and other crises take it two steps back. Whether the armed conflict in Ukraine, the floods in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, or the migration and refugee crisis that has hit Southeast Europe, it’s evident… 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?

The development story behind the MDGs: Seeing the forest beyond the trees

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Migration and remittances Poverty




What do people in Chişinău say they need for a better life? Of course we need to closely follow the progress of each Millennium Development Goal (MDG), but have you ever thought: What is the development story behind the MDGs in various national contexts? The importance of such a development story goes beyond even ‘passing… Read more »

Solar power brings off-grid war returnees back into 21st Century

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Filed under: Development Environment Migration and remittances Poverty




Powerless: The story of the Rodić family before and after solar powered electricity Going off-road in Bosnia and Herzegovina seems like traveling back in time. Just a few kilometres into the countryside and you’ll find people who have returned to their pre-war homes living like their grandparents. No electricity. No TV. No refrigerator. The Rodić… Read more »

Join us LIVE 15 March to talk about Roma inclusion and evidence based lessons

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Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security Poverty Roma Social inclusion




You’re invited! We’re having a conference on 15 March: “From pilots to outcomes,” which will focus on evidence-based lessons on the socio-economic inclusion of Roma communities. The conference will take place simultaneously in Moldava nad Bodvou, (Slovakia) and Brussels, (Belgium) – and will be livestreamed. We’ll also be tweeting live from the event, so join… Read more »