Want more – and better – jobs? Put women in charge


Filed under: Development Gender equality Poverty

I was recently in Tbilisi to participate in a conference that took stock of what we know about the challenges of job creation in the South Caucasus and Western CIS. While researching gender inequalities in labour markets of these countries, I searched for evidence on how the challenge of job creation can be overcome without perpetuating gender inequalities… Read more »

Why do the Global Goals matter to Kosovo*?


Filed under: Development Poverty

This year not only marks the UN’s 70th anniversary, but also a new chapter in the development agenda: the launching of the Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals will guide development for the next 15 years. This past Saturday, 24 October, we joined together to celebrate the launching of these new goals.

How do we measure the unmeasurable? Talking inequality in Croatia


Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” This basic bit of common sense is one of the most difficult aspects of trying to better understand trends and drivers of inequalities in the economies of Europe and Central Asia. Of course attempts to measure inequalities face certain conceptual challenges in all countries. Should we focus on… Read more »

Finding a job’s a full-time job: Dispatch from Moldova’s SYSLAB

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

I recently had a chance to check out one of the SYSLAB Centres in Moldova. SYSLAB works with people who have been unemployed for a long term, returning immigrants, and recent graduates who may lack relevant work experience. It may seem simple at first glance, but I’ve found that what SYSLAB actually offers is a… Read more »

Duncan Green: On citizen mobilization and empowerment


Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Poverty

Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »