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Human Development Report: One third of the workforce in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in precarious jobs

This new report shows that while some 80 million people have joined the middle class since 2001, low commodity prices and slow growth in the European Union and the Russian Federation are making it harder for many people to find decent employment or access to basic services such as health and education.

Smarter sustainable cities in Turkmenistan
We’re working for smart cities in Turkmenistan —  here’s how

Mark Chao is an expert working with UNDP on energy, environment and climate change. We spoke to him briefly about UNDP’s latest plans on creating sustainable cities in Turkmenistan.

Tajik woman farmer
Green Village Initiative launches

A new initiative focused on rural areas of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic has just launched its website. The initiative addresses most pressing developmental issues including electricity shortages during winter, high unemployment rates, gender inequality, severe deforestation problems and high poverty levels.

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Regional Human Development Report: Progress at Risk

This year's Regional Human Development Report, released 12 October, will focus on inequalities and human development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia.

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Welcome to Razlovci, the village missing a generation

[PHOTO ESSAY] In FYR Macedonia, a village is left with mostly elderly and children, as young people are seeking opportunities in cities and other countries.

Inequalities: When perceptions don’t reflect reality

Nostalgia for the Soviet (or Yugoslav) economic systems is often encountered in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of the reasons for this—security, stability, an absence of armed conflict—are not hard to understand. However, many people from these regions—including those who approve of the changes that took hold in the 1990s—also seem to miss the equality in incomes that these systems produced.

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The elephant in the income distribution room

To “leave no one behind”, we must measure inequalities – but with what conceptual frameworks? The “elephant” chart above, prepared by Branko Milanovic, shows real incomes received during 1988-2008 (vertical axis) by various shares of the global population (horizontal axis).

In Georgia’s highlands, a family swims against the current

In rural Ajara region, farmers are struggling to survive the sharp economic contrast between their urban and rural. The Beridze family runs a successful trout farm - read and see how they are making it work.

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New UNDP, European Investment Bank accord signed to boost cooperation to reach Global Goals

UNDP and European Investment Bank (EIB) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at boosting collaboration toward achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

How a small film brought a big impact to a Kosovo village

I met BAFTA Award winning director Daniel Mulloy in Prishtina in early 2015. Being deeply concerned by the refugee crisis, Daniel wanted to make a movie that would speak to the West.

Local towns in Western Balkans, Turkey, discuss response to sudden migration

A conference sponsored by UNDP, kicked off today in Belgrade, aiming to share lessons on how to cope with large numbers of refugees.

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Farmers of Tomorrow: The Tsevelidze Family

Take a look at a day in the life of Aleko, a visually impaired farmer who runs a berry cooperative in Georgia.

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In Armenia, hope grows in greenhouses

In Armenia, a UNDP initiative that promotes greenhouse farming in disadvantaged regions is tackling gender inequalities while generating livelihoods.

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Labour migrants in Central Asia deserve our attention

Central Asian labour migrants tend to be more vulnerable than native-born residents to respiratory illnesses, including tuberculosis, HIV and mental conditions.