Georgia: Diplohackers Unite!

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

How can we open up the circle of decision-makers to include regular citizens? How can governments better respond to citizen’s concerns? How can people and decision-makers cooperate for a better future in the coming decade? These were just some of the pointed questions raised by young Georgians during Post-2015 national consultations held in Georgia last year…. Read more »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face. In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social… Read more »

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Come play! Getting youth back to work in Moldova

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion Social innovation

The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! The first-ever online game Youth@Work, which gives young people the chance to get involved in the development of their community, was launched in the Republic of Moldova. Aimed at addressing unemployment among young people, the game involves youth, employers, and decision-makers in the Republic of Moldova who… 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 »

Bringing diverse stakeholder groups together to find solutions in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

We lead the Women in Local Democracy project, a three year European Union-funded project implemented in partnership with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Territorial Administration. The goal of the project is the advancement of gender equality, the strengthening of local democracy and the enhancement of social cohesion within the Republic of Armenia. We approach it through:… Read more »

Back to the future: Innovation takes flight

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Those of you who have been following the process of post-2015 consultations probably remember the blog post where we asked: What if post-2015 were already here? In other words, as we keep consulting with citizens on how they want their future to look, we’re also looking at reframing the question from another perspective. We’re asking: What… Read more »