I remember meeting with partners in the Cabinet of Ministers in 2002-3, working as a poverty reduction consultant. I was advised not to bring up the topic of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with government officials, as it would be insulting for them to compare their country with other developing countries. The Government officials were very proud… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Poverty
A recent update of a major international labour market database has been released. But what does it really tell us about labour market inequalities in Europe and Central Asia? In my research on labour market inequalities, I have experienced the same difficulty described in other recent blog posts: When applied to Europe and Central Asia,… Read more »
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 »
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.
Remittances flowing into the less wealthy Central Asian countries are – relative to GDP – among the largest in the world. As the data in the below figure reveals, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have been world leaders in this category since 2011:
“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 »
With the Decade of Roma Inclusion nearing its end, what do Roma themselves have to say about education, employment, housing and discrimination? How do we get not only reliable data, but also insights into real needs?
On 27 April, Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang will give a Kapuściński Development Lecture in Bilbao. If his past work is any guide, Professor Chang will argue that poverty reduction efforts should focus on industrial transformation, and the role of the state.
Recently, I blogged about setting up solar water heaters as potential business opportunities for women in Tajikistan. Today, I’m happy to follow up the story on the ground with the resourceful women of Jilikul, a tiny village near the border of Afghanistan.
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 »