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) – as well as shape how international organizations see trade and integration processes in the region.
There’s no shortage of guidelines these days on how to ‘prepare for the future.’
But that’s not all.
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:
- Empowerment of women interested to run for local elections and those in their term;
- Support to participatory and gender-sensitive local governance;
- Public awareness on gender equality, encourage discourse on gender equality and local governance issues, and promotion of non-stereotyped portrayal of women and men;
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a huge challenge for the public health sector in Moldova despite the best efforts made by all involved.
Among the primary concerns is the increasing rate of the multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the country, which are much trickier and more expensive to treat. One of the major reasons for this is the low drug adherence rate - people tend to discontinue treatment once they leave the hospital.
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 are you already doing? How are you already making that future you want happen – so that we can be in a position to better support it.
And thus, Spot the Future/Make the Future was born.
At UNDP we try to look at a situation from all angles.
When it comes to the rights of people with disabilities, we like to think about how to answer the tough questions: In Kazakhstan, we designed a mobile app to connect those with hearing and speaking disabilities with emergency services; while in Belarus, we used micronarratives to help get the voices of people with disabilities heard.
We believe in helping people throughout Europe and Central Asia see the ability, not the disability.
Three years ago, as UNDP’s innovation agenda began to take off, a few early adopters experimented with Social Innovation Camps.
The events opened us up to an array of unusual suspects. Social entrepreneurs, activists and hackers created a renewed sense of agency.
Together with government officials and development sector traditionalists, the teams built ventures to reduce pollution in FYR Macedonia, to empower citizens in Montenegro, and to digitize public services in Armenia, among others.
Can I export leather products? How can I get a loan for start-up capital? How do I register a family-based enterprise? Can I hire employees if I’m an individual entrepreneur?
These were just some of the many questions I heard during late last month’s third interactive training session in Namangan, Uzbekistan. Over 30 artisans and entrepreneurs came from across the Namangan Region.
We organized the training session as part of our Aid for Trade project, in partnership with the Namangan branch of the national Khunarmand Association, in order to improve the business knowledge of local artisans and entrepreneurs.
It’s this momentum that we at the Restoration of Lake Prespa project are running with: building off our project’s previous success using Facebook and mobile technology to raise awareness on the dangers of the overuse pesticides.
Unsustainable agricultural practices among the apple farmers of Prespa Lake have been proven to be a major cause of pollution in the ecologically vulnerable region.
Modern Ukraine is an industrial country with a predominantly urban population.
With the rapid urban development of the past decades, government institutions in Ukraine are using internet technologies more and more actively to inform citizens about official decisions related to urban planning.
They use online platforms to announce updates such as when they adopt new master plans or construct large public facilities like stadiums and bridges.
However, officials usually inform citizens about decisions after they have been made.