PHOTO ESSAY: Looking back on 2016: The year in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Take a trip around the region and see what we've been working on to reduce poverty and inequalities and improve health and security.

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FEATURED GLOBAL GOAL | Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Income inequality is on the rise, with the richest 10 percent earning up to 40 percent of total global income. The poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 percent and 7 percent of total global income. These widening disparities require the adoption of sound policies to empower the bottom percentile of income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity.

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PHOTO ESSAY: REACHING THE MARGINS: Fighting social exclusion in Montenegro

In Montenegro, where existing social services are still lacking, the vulnerable ones continue to face numerous barriers to social inclusion. UNDP is making social services tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable, more accessible, and available in all municipalities.

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VIDEO: Seeing white in the dark

Despite 80% visual impairment, Kate can see white objects in the dark. That gave her a brilliant business idea & UNDP in fYR Macedonia helped her to make it come true.

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FEATURE: Making homes violence-free in Albania

The Government of Albania, in partnership with UNDP, has made rapid progress in criminalizing violence against women, expanding a multi-disciplinary response approach in several municipalities across the country, strengthening law enforcement and establishing shelter services.

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UNDP, Council of Europe Development Bank to boost Development Goals in Europe

UNDP and the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) agreed to extend their cooperation for another five years, aiming to scale up their support for achieving the SDGs in Southeastern Europe, Turkey, Moldova and Georgia.

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VIDEO: A Step Towards Social Inclusion

For Roma and Egyptian communities, social exclusion remains the persistent cause leading to higher poverty levels. Hear voices from members of these communities.

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PHOTO ESSAY: Albania's stunning coastal beauty: The country's first marine-protected park

Through a participatory approach, UNDP helped developed and secure the Karaburun-Sazan Marine Protected Area, the first of it's kind in Albania. What once was an isolated, unreached spot, has now turned into an attractive place, especially for foreign and local tourists.

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VIDEO: Crowdfunding for a warmer school in Tajikistan

A community's crowdfunding campaign brings improvements to the local school, decreasing the drop out rate from 50% to 0.

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UN and partners strengthen commitment to Syrians and neighbours affected by Syria crisis

United Nations agencies and NGO partners today appealed for US$4.63 billion in new funding to continue vital work in addressing the growing needs of refugees from Syria and communities hosting them in neighbouring countries. The vast majority of Syrian refugees fall below the poverty line and struggle to afford essentials such as food, rent and health care.

UN response in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014.
European Commission, UNDP to help enhance resilience to disasters in South-east Europe

The European Commission (EC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have launched an initiative to increase disaster preparedness in cities across seven countries and territories in the Western Balkans. UNDP, with EU funds, restored 4,640 homes, 133 public buildings, 145 communal infrastructure sites and revived local agriculture and economies.

BLOG POST: Prototyping the government of the future in Armenia

Reforming how the public sector works can be very challenging. But Kolba's work in Armenia is starting to pay off.

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FEATURE: In Azerbaijan, rural women start breaking the cycle of poverty

In rural areas of the country, many women are still deprived of the opportunity to actively participate in social and economic life, especially because of early marriage. But through Women Resource Centers, they are learning new skills and opening businesses.

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VIDEO: Turkish movie stars say no to violence against women

  Acclaimed Turkish actors Mert Fırat and Melisa Sözen are starring in a new UNDP advocacy video that takes on domestic violence in Turkey and the region with a powerful message: “Violence has no excuse”. The campaign is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s efforts to combat...