Across Europe there is a risk that nationalism, protectionism and populism will usher back in an era where ‘fearing thy neighbour’ once again becomes a defining characteristic of our policy making. Many politicians will have us believe that we are now more fractured as societies – at precisely the time we are more diverse, more… Read more »
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For many, Greece has become synonymous with the word ‘crisis’. For the longest time, for better or worse, she could not escape the spotlight. Words were thrown around – frivolously, carelessly: debt, austerity, irresponsibility, welfare, reform. We read as much as we could handle, listened as much as we could, and tried to make sense… Read more »
Addressing the past is sometimes the only way to work toward reconciliation. 2014 was a year of major progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina for extending access to justice, free legal aid, and support to enhance the search for missing persons.
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 »
In Namangan in Uzbekistan, a long-standing dream for a crafts centre came true. In Misi village in Turkey, a silk unit for niche products, another dream child of a group of women, is having a fourth year of success, against all odds. In Jilkul village in Tajikistan, another group of women have gained more income… Read more »
Are you an open data champion from Europe and/or Central Asia looking an e-place to call home? Without further ado, let me welcome you to ODECA. Kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and stay a while!
“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 »
Are different forms of inequalities always and equally objectionable? This was one of the key questions put forward at the recent Dialogue in Inequalities I ran in Istanbul last month. It is my contention that not all inequalities are created equal. Instead, inequalities may be “good”, “bad”, or “ugly” – and sometimes more than one… Read more »
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 »
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.