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 »
Posts Categorized: 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 have been living with HIV for 15 years. I am one of those who chose the “wrong” guy.
Prespa Lake is famous for its bird life, especially its magnificent Dalmatian pelicans. It is a rare ancient lake, where a tremendous variety of plants and animals have evolved, many that are found nowhere else in the world.
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 »
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: