Focusing development efforts around the MDGs was not always easy

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Poverty




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 »

Employed or unemployed? The line is more blurry than you might think

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion




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 »

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

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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*?

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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

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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 »