Inequalities: When perceptions don’t reflect reality

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development Governance Inequalities




Nostalgia for the Soviet (or Yugoslav) economic systems is often encountered in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of the reasons for this—security, stability, an absence of armed conflict—are not hard to understand. However, many people from these regions—including those who approve of the changes that took hold in the 1990s—also seem to miss the… Read more »

United by a passion for a stronger world

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Filed under: Development




It’s International Youth Day! Over the last two years, UNDP in Azerbaijan has collaborated to establish a Model United Nations and boost the MUN movement in the country. The Model UN movement unites youth from different educational backgrounds and social status. Their shared interest in global affairs unites them, creating a strong network of Azerbaijani… Read more »

Voices of Eurasia: Top 10 posts of 2014*

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Environment Gender equality Governance Social inclusion Social innovation




Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »

What will the Global Forum on Youth Policies address?

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Filed under: Development Governance Social inclusion




Young people around the world are full of ambition and expectations. They also face many challenges. Poverty and limited access to resources, education, healthcare, and employment can hinder the full realization of youth rights, opportunities, and potential in many parts of the world. Coupled with social discrimination, violence, and environmental degradation, this leads to worrying implications… Read more »

Black gold and its dividends: How Azerbaijan is avoiding the oil curse

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Social inclusion




What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »

Azerbaijan: When losing a limb doesn’t mean losing a livelihood

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Filed under: Development




The tragedy of war often reverberates long after the guns go silent. From the painful memories of violence and displacement to the ongoing suffering caused by unexploded remnants, war has left its scar on the people of Azerbaijan. This is especially true for the areas bordering the frozen conflict, where frontline villagers have fallen victim to unexploded… Read more »

A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion




In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl. For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage,… Read more »

Getting involved: Model UN empowers Azerbaijan’s youth

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion




Can a Model UN Conference get youth more actively involved in public decision-making? That’s the question UNDP in Azerbaijan and our partners from the Ministry of Youth and Sport put to the test in October. We hosted Azerbaijan’s first international Model United Nations Security Council Conference, a joint project aiming to spur youth participation in decision-making and… Read more »