When disaster hits: A mobile app for people with disabilities


Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Disaster response Human rights and rule of law Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

Just imagine that you can’t hear and you can’t speak. What happens when there is an emergency? An earthquake, a fire, or any other natural or man made disaster? The more than 21,000 people with hearing and speaking disabilities (deaf-mute) in Kazakhstan have to rely on other people’s help during an emergency situation – relatives… Read more »

What’s the link between reducing poverty and protecting the environment?


Filed under: Development Environment Poverty

Reporting back from the Astana ‘Environment for Europe’ Ministerial Conference According to the 2010 Millennium Development Goals report for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in 2009, 36  percent of the population in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, or about 160 million people, were considered poor or at risk of poverty, living on less than $5… Read more »

Risk prevention in Central Asia: some progress, but still a dilemma


Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment Poverty

I could not help leaving the interagency meeting in Almaty on risk prevention and management in Central Asia earlier this month with the feeling that, while some progress has been made, much still needs to be done to ensure that the region is resilient to challenges such as water and energy supply or food insecurity…. Read more »