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 »

Learning the tricks of trade in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Poverty Social inclusion

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… Read more »

The man who planted trees – Kyrgyz version

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Filed under: Environment Poverty

A farmer since 1992, Avazbek Chotbaev has implemented 21 agricultural projects and teaches market economy basics to farmers. When I asked people where I could find Mr. Chotbaev, 56, locals told me his nickname was “the person who has brought life to the desert.” Few people believed that a fruit nursery could be successful in… Read more »

Fairtrade is closer than you think

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Filed under: Poverty Social inclusion

When a Finnish consumer buys Fairtrade products, in most cases that product comes from Africa or Latin America. But global poverty can be found closer to home, even in the countries that previously were our neighbors. Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are ranked lower in terms of human development by UNDP than Namibia and South Africa. However,… Read more »