We need more women in politics. Here’s how to make sure quotas don’t fail

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Governance




The low representation of women in politics remains one of the most obvious obstacles preventing us from achieving gender equality in the world. In the Republic of Moldova, a medium income country in Eastern Europe that ranks 50th in the most recent Gender Inequality Index, we want to increase the pace of change and ensure… Read more »

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

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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 »

Micronarratives: Small stories reveal big truths in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation




A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives – a methodology used to… Read more »