This month, we’ll be taking a little trip to the future here in Kyrgyzstan. That’s because our fair city of Bishkek will be playing host to the country’s first Future Agro Challenge (FAC).
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Last March, Almaty’s delegation to the 4th World Bicycle Forum returned from Medellín, where 6,000 cycling enthusiasts from five continents came together to share, learn, and understand. The principle of “open streets” has reached epidemic proportions in more than 300 cities around the world.
For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines. I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy. Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable… Read more »
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 »
Over 6,500 citizens in fYR Macedonia are now using My Municipality. The app provides a new and engaging way for citizens to communicate their top priorities for local development to decision-makers. Through the installation of user-friendly touch-screens and an interactive website, the project has enabled citizens in four pilot municipalities to —with just a few… Read more »
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
As an avid cyclist and clean energy advocate, I know how easy life can be with green transport. The challenge in my job is showing how green choices – such as in public transport and bicycles – can improve the environment, public safety, and save time.
In Kosovo*, 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.
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.
These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour. According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion. I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold… Read more »