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

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Filed under: Development Human rights 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?

Tackling vulnerability: Five reflections on the Human Development Report in Moldova

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Poverty Social inclusion

Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »

Towards a sustainable future in Kyrgyzstan

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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 »