Towards a sustainable future in Kyrgyzstan


Filed under: Development Environment Poverty

We’ve all heard that sustainability is important. But when it comes to decision making, many people still think that environmental conservation has little to do with economic or social well-being. If you share this opinion, you might want to take a look at Kyrgyzstan. In the second-poorest country in Central Asia, the numbers speak volumes:

Futurescaper: The unemployment question in Kosovo*

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Poverty Social innovation

Youth unemployment is on the rise. This “generation at risk” now consists of 73 million unemployed young men and women worldwide. With the global unemployment rate at an estimated 12.6 percent – 18 percent for young adults – the outlook for much of Europe and Central Asia is even grimmer. The reality is worse in Kosovo where… Read more »

Boosting trade in Central Asia: How we’re making sure this paper doesn’t stay on the shelf

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

We are excited to announce that we are publishing a new paper today on trade and human development in Central Asia in both English and Russian! We believe the ideas and recommendations of the paper have the potential to influence major policy discussions within the five countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)… Read more »

Learning the tricks of trade in Uzbekistan


Filed under: Poverty Social inclusion

Can I export leather products? How can I get a loan for start-up capital? How do I register a family-based enterprise? Can I hire employees if I’m an individual entrepreneur? These were just some of the many questions I heard during late last month’s third interactive training session in Namangan, Uzbekistan. Over 30 artisans and… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality


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 »

Seeds sprout a healthier economy and environment in Tajikistan

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Filed under: Central Asia Environment Poverty Social inclusion

Cotton farming in Tajikistan uses one quarter of the country’s arable land and provides employment or income to three quarters of the rural population. Given the country’s economic dependence on cotton, and the fact that the cotton industry is one of the largest water consumers in Central Asia, any increase in cultivation efficiency will greatly… Read more »