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BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 11 November, 2013 – More efforts should be made to connect the region with the global trends in social protection.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 11 November, 2013 – Can on-going Eurasian economic integration reduce poverty, raise living standards and buttress socio-political stability?
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – 30 September, 2013 – Uzbekistan offers a wide range of fiscal incentives to help companies modernize production, but the data suggest that the measures have not been as effective as intended.
Chişinău, Moldova – 20 September, 2013 – More progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will depend on overcoming some critical development challenges.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 29 April, 2013 – The future of regional carbon markets remains very uncertain, as does the prospects for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol.
BARCELONA, Spain – 4 April 2013 – Many have regarded the Catalan Roma plan as an example for Central and Eastern Europe. But a recent evaluation challenges this view.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 14 March 2013 – Lower education levels and pervasive discrimination drive Roma to the fringes of the labour market. The measures adopted thus far have not been sufficient to reverse these trends.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 25 February, 2013 – Roma housing cannot be viewed as a stand-alone problem. Efforts to address housing issues must also remedy disparities in education, employment and health.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 15 February, 2013 – Roma face a host of deprivations in the health sector. Child vaccinations, health education and reproductive health need to be addressed urgently.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 6 February, 2013 – To address critical educational gaps, broader opportunities for Roma are needed, starting with universal access to early childhood education.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 24 January, 2013 – Roma civil society organizations are typically detached from the populations they are meant to serve. To ensure that Roma voices are heard, regional, national and local polices need to change.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 7 January, 2013 – Until recently, policy narratives in transition and developing Europe and Central Asia had not focused on “middle-income trap” issues. The emphasis had instead been on cyclical recovery from the recessions of the 1990s, trade liberalization and integration, and structural reforms, to strengthen market mechanisms and market-friendly state institutions.
Drought, grain, and foodstuffs prices in Russia and Central Asia: Consequences for vulnerable households
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 15 December, 2012 – Severe drought hit different parts of the world in 2012, resulting in low harvests in key grain exporting countries. This includes Russia and Kazakhstan – which are among world’s top grain producers and exporters.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 14 December, 2012 – Prospects for further progress in poverty reduction depend on middle-income countries’ abilities to continue to enjoy economic growth, without more inequality in the distribution of income.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 14 November, 2012 – Arguments that the “global south” paradigm is irrelevant for the transition and developing countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia may in important respects be wide of the mark. There are a number of ways in which this paradigm is already quite relevant—and this relevance could grow with time.
MINSK, Belarus – 22 October, 2012 – Official data for January-August 2012 suggest that Belarus has weathered the worst of the economic crisis that took hold in mid-2011 and resulted in the collapse of the exchange rate and triple-digit inflation late last year.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 1 October, 2012 – Can Slovakia reduce its dependence on imports of oil and gas by relying more on renewable energy?
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 10 September, 2012 – What will be the impact of higher food prices for poor households in grain importing countries in Central Asia? National governments need to protect and support food security for vulnerable households in the coming months.
BUDAPEST, Hungary – 31 August, 2012 – One of the biggest obstacles to the inclusion of disadvantaged Roma communities is not only that are they excluded from development processes, but also that they are difficult to access using standard development tools.
TIRANA, Albania – 2 August, 2012 – Roma communities in Albania still live on the margins of society. To change this, Roma should not be seen as recipients of aid but as active participants in their own development.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – 17 July, 2012 – Gross output of Kyrgyzstan’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 5.6 percent in the first half of 2012, putting in doubt 2012 forecasts for growth.
BUDAPEST, Hungary – 16 July, 2012 – Increasing Roma activism in the last twenty years has empowered a small number of Roma leaders, but failed to create a strong grassroots movement. Why is this, and how will it affect the future of Roma inclusion?
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 29 June, 2012 – Since the late 1970s, European institutions have stressed the potential of education to improve the living conditions of Roma. Over time, the focus has moved from providing basic education to providing quality education at all levels. What is the situation in Slovakia?
BUDAPEST, Hungary – 14 June, 2012 – Experiences during the early years of childhood have an extraordinary influence on lifelong development. The ‘A Good Start’ project aims to increase access to early childhood education by working with mothers in disadvantaged communities.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 29 May, 2012 – Food security is of paramount importance to Central Asian countries, whose populations are so severely impacted by fluctuations in food prices. The primary concern surrounding food security in the region is the relatively high level of poverty faced by Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and to a lesser extent Uzbekistan.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – 24 May, 2012 – The slowdown in the consumer and foodstuff price inflation, which began in the second half of 2011, continued in 2012 and even resulted in deflation of foodstuff, and consequently consumer prices.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 24 May, 2012 – The article looks at the National Integration Strategies submitted by Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic, with particular emphasis on their education initiatives, and show to what extent education indicators have the potential to contribute to monitoring and evaluating them.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 24 May, 2012 – The process of European integration has encouraged a general interest in the protection of ethnic minorities and the struggle against social exclusion in Central and Eastern Europe. This was clearly reflected in the agenda of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the 1990s.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 26 April, 2012 – Good targeting, identification of the most pressing issues and continuous learning and innovation are key for the advancement of Roma inclusion.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 24 April, 2012 – Central Asia is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards including earthquakes, landslides, floods, mudslides and droughts. Both exposure to natural hazards and the vulnerability of populations, infrastructure, and economies has risen in the last few decades.
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia – 19 April, 2012 – Left unchecked and unchallenged, anti-Roma prejudice threatens to undo all the work that has been done on Roma inclusion.
Gender equality in the Caucasus
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