The Caucuses and Central Asia region has some of the highest inequalities in the world. For one, land resources in this part of the world are highly unequally distributed. Historically, the pace of land reforms here has been slower compared to those in Central and Eastern Europe. This fact bears significant impact on levels of… Read more »
Posts Tagged: development
I remember meeting with partners in the Cabinet of Ministers in 2002-3, working as a poverty reduction consultant. I was advised not to bring up the topic of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with government officials, as it would be insulting for them to compare their country with other developing countries. The Government officials were very proud… Read more »
On 27 April, Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang will give a Kapuściński Development Lecture in Bilbao. If his past work is any guide, Professor Chang will argue that poverty reduction efforts should focus on industrial transformation, and the role of the state.
In our previous blogs, we reflected on the nature of development complexities that emerged as part of our foresighting exercise in Moldova. In this post, we will focus more on some of the specifics: What institutions should take the lead? What are the biggest institutional challenges?What are key recommendations?
When we talk about development, we often talk about it as though it were a singular global problem with a singular global solution. Just take a look at some of the instruments we’ve developed and that we refer to in times of a crisis: The previous Millenium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals, the… Read more »
Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »
Human development is about the expanding people’s freedom and opportunities. Mobility and the ability to migrate are fundamental elements of human freedom and development. Unfortunately, this freedom is not applicable to Kosovo* and all its citizens.
How does volunteering make a difference? These days, we are trying to do development differently: to partner with less usual suspects for outside insights, and tap into local energy and initiatives. The ethos of volunteerism is exactly the same – it is not a supplement to the work we do; it is a natural component… Read more »
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
On 29-30 September, I attended the 27th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in Sarajevo. The main question was this: What has changed since the “Roma Decade” began in 2005?