“I’m Not Afraid to Tell”: How Kazakh women are breaking the silence on gender-based violence

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Filed under: Gender equality




Over the past few months, I’ve witnessed as women in Kazakhstan break their silence on sexual violence. A campaign titled #ЯнеБоюсьСказать (I’m not afraid to tell) и НеМолчи (Don’t keep Quiet) has led to many women sharing their stories. One of them is Dina Tansari (pictured), a well-known TV producer. “…I was unconscious. They left… Read more »

Gearing up for the Good

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Other Social inclusion Social innovation




This year’s Social Good Summit is shaping up to be the most globally connected yet. And it’s very, very exciting because this isn’t just any Social Good Summit: This year, with meet ups scheduled for over 100 countries (and counting) it is the biggest ever, and we’re bringing together activists, artists, leaders and everyday citizens… Read more »

New hope for healthcare in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Central Asia Health HIV




For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines. I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy. Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable… Read more »

Wanted: New Yardstick for Inequalities

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Filed under: Central Asia Development




“Not all inequalities are created equal.” So goes one of the main takeaway messages from the Dialogue on Inequalities recently held in Istanbul. Yet we still use only one indicator—the Gini coefficient of income inequality—to judge them all. Back in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy said GDP “measures everything. . . except that which makes life… Read more »

Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation




It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »

Ready, set, compete! Why we’re reaching out across regions

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation




Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.