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 »

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.

Towards a sustainable future in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Development Environment Poverty

We’ve all heard that sustainability is important. But when it comes to decision making, many people still think that environmental conservation has little to do with economic or social well-being. If you share this opinion, you might want to take a look at Kyrgyzstan. In the second-poorest country in Central Asia, the numbers speak volumes:

What’s the link between reducing poverty and protecting the environment?

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Reporting back from the Astana ‘Environment for Europe’ Ministerial Conference According to the 2010 Millennium Development Goals report for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in 2009, 36  percent of the population in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, or about 160 million people, were considered poor or at risk of poverty, living on less than $5… Read more »