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 »
Posts Categorized: Migration and remittances
Imagine yourself the mayor of a small border province in Southeastern Anatolia five years ago. It is a big day for you.
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?
Nowadays, migration is a regular part of our lives. Migration, in fact, launched the whole process of sustained attention to the issue of Roma exclusion in the European Union. But is Roma migration really as huge as it’s portrayed by the media? What are the main reasons for Roma to migrate and do they fulfill… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Last week I was in Albania working with the local UNDP office on migration issues. It’s a very topical subject in a country where (See: Connecting with emigrants, OECD): Roughly one third of the population lives abroad Some 10 to 15 percent on the national income comes from remittances It’s leading regional polls on emigration… Read more »
UNAIDS released their annual report this week on the state of the global AIDS epidemic, and the media headlines were universally optimistic. ‘Ending AIDS’ is possible in our lifetime. Possible, yes. But we are not on pace for it quite yet. Indeed the achievements reported are real, and they’re saving millions of lives and promoting… Read more »
The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development ended almost a month ago and left many wondering about next steps, and what countries will do to act on their commitments. The conference covered issues including hunger, poverty, and access to renewable energy. Rio+20 aimed to provide solutions to the mounting uncertainty of a safe and prosperous environment… Read more »