Rethinking the way the world deals with refugees

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Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law Migration and remittances Peace and security Social inclusion




A year ago, masses of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan began to stream through the  western Balkans on their way to northern Europe. Like anyone following the news closely, I was deeply moved by the chaotic scenes of crowded fields and train stations. A year on, these images have all but disappeared, but… Read more »

A calm soul in a shaking body

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Filed under: Social inclusion




We here at UN Moldova recently challenged ourselves to practice what we preach. We asked ourselves: How do we take solid steps to embrace diversity? That’s how we ended up with our very first UN-wide internship program in Moldova designed for persons from vulnerable groups. People who may otherwise have a hard time receving internships,… Read more »

Building a better future for Syrians in Turkey

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Filed under: Peace and security Social inclusion




As thousands leave Syria for safer lands, images of white tents and perilous boat journeys have flooded the world’s media. But there’s another side to this story. In Turkey, the host of next week’s World Humanitarian Summit, only about 10 percent of the approximately 2.75 million displaced people from Syria live in refugee camps. The rest live in… Read more »

People helping people: It’s a new day for public services in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion




With growing internal migration and weakening economic situation in the region, it is no surprise that the isolation is becoming an increasing issue in Kyrgyzstan. According to the Social Fund, over 38% retirees live below the minimum living wage, with more than 5,000 claiming they feel lonely. Liudmila is a 77-year-old lady who has been… Read more »

The rise of the “middle class”: Are the rumors true?

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Filed under: Central Asia Other Social inclusion




In much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, what we are witnessing is not so much the “rise” of middle classes, but rather their post-socialist reconstitution. Prior to the 1990s, virtually all of the region’s transition economies had “socialist” middle classes (Turkey excepted). These consisted of well-educated blue- and white-collar workers, engineers, and other members… 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 »

EduSoft: Shaping education together in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Other Social inclusion Social innovation




It’s not the changing technology and software that matter. It’s how we use the best available technology to shift learning in a way that fits our students’ needs. This is why, as MiLab, we have been experimenting with the Ministry of Education through a number of initiatives to rethink education. Our latest adventure is a… Read more »