HIV: Living behind a disguise

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Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation. He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine.  Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and… Read more »

Learning the tricks of trade in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Poverty Social inclusion

Can I export leather products? How can I get a loan for start-up capital? How do I register a family-based enterprise? Can I hire employees if I’m an individual entrepreneur? These were just some of the many questions I heard during late last month’s third interactive training session in Namangan, Uzbekistan. Over 30 artisans and… Read more »

Water: Every drop matters in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Development Environment

The tiny villages of Kanal Yoka, Mekhnatkash, Sayram and Zafarabod are about 25 kilometres from beautiful, ancient Samarkand, the second-largest city in the country. It is here that our team from UNDP in Uzbekistan, along with partners from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources and several national and local organizations, recently completed the retrofitting of a pumping… Read more »

Social innovation: When the public sector gets curious

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

Resolving seemingly unassailable problems which just don’t want to go away, finding ways around organizational bottlenecks, involving citizen-experts for realistic and need-driven solutions: these are the familiar-sounding promises made by social innovation champions. UNDP is increasingly leveraging social innovation, but the real test is the extent to which national partners, and governments in particular, are… Read more »