Want more – and better – jobs? Put women in charge


Filed under: Development Gender equality Poverty

I was recently in Tbilisi to participate in a conference that took stock of what we know about the challenges of job creation in the South Caucasus and Western CIS. While researching gender inequalities in labour markets of these countries, I searched for evidence on how the challenge of job creation can be overcome without perpetuating gender inequalities… Read more »

Finding a job’s a full-time job: Dispatch from Moldova’s SYSLAB

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

I recently had a chance to check out one of the SYSLAB Centres in Moldova. SYSLAB works with people who have been unemployed for a long term, returning immigrants, and recent graduates who may lack relevant work experience. It may seem simple at first glance, but I’ve found that what SYSLAB actually offers is a… Read more »

Risky business: The emigration game

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion

In Kosovo*[1], 35 percent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 35. More than half of them are unemployed. For women, that percentage jumps to nearly 70. The problem of unemployment has turned into desperation, as evidenced by young Kosovars’ increasingly active participation in a phenomenon known as people smuggling.

Moldova post-2015: Understanding the complexity

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

We recently blogged about how we are planning with citizens to improve the institutions Moldova will need in the post-2015 future. Now, we want to look into the main challenges and impacts as seen by the participants in the survey we conducted using Futurescaper. In the three weeks it was live, Futurescaper brought a new… Read more »

Moldova post-2015: How are we getting ready?

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Filed under: Development Social innovation

Some time ago, in the first round of the national post-2015 consultations, citizens in Moldova told us about their aspirations. They spoke of finding decent work, wanting better social protection, and having more accountable governance. This will be all the more challenging in a world where rising energy and food prices, climate-related threats, emigration, and… Read more »

Roma women: Exposing inequality


Filed under: Gender equality Health Poverty Roma Social inclusion

Since its early days, the Decade of Roma Inclusion has focused primarily on four priority areas: employment, education, health and housing. Even though gender equality is a cross-cutting issue, attention to this area has been significantly smaller throughout the years. Usually, gender equality is treated as an isolated category, rather than a social factor that… Read more »

Human rights: Seeing the ability, not the disability


Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion

Are things getting better for people with disabilities? In many ways, yes, but there’s still a long way to go. There still exists a widespread lack of understanding and policy awareness in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) that most people with disabilities are fully capable of engaging effectively at work, school, and… Read more »