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Eurasia doesn't get the spotlight it deserves - so we created a journal of our own

Why do stories from our region often go unreported? Maybe it's because countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have had a legacy of equality, job…


2030 is even closer than we think

Nearly five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, we know that achieving the Global Goals will not be possible without private sector involvement. Infrastructure is crucial for SDG attainment…  


We’re working to prevent violent extremism. Here’s what we learned

Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have not only devastated countries in that region, but also drawn tens of thousands of fighters from abroad.  


Working with Islamic Finance to achieve the SDGs: A win-win?

Islamic finance, a method of financial system which complies with sharia law and forbids charging interest, has become a growing source of funding for development.  


7 striking facts about the state of work in Eurasia

Though unemployment rates are lower in Eurasia than in other regions, over 1/3 of the workforce are engaged in precarious work and 5% live in extreme working poverty.  


How do we go from measuring quantity to quality when financing sustainable development?

Things that can’t be measured often can’t be managed, and finance for sustainable development is no different.  


Five reasons why paternity leave needs to get more attention

This year, our second child was born. Things were simpler, as we already knew the hurricane that would follow. Reflecting on both experiences, I realize how fortunate I am to work for the UN system…  


From public policy to sustainable development financing - can we do it?

In 1987, the world was facing mounting challenges amid deeply unstable financial circumstances. How would we foot that bill? And how will we foot it now?  


Can you help solve challenges?

The Challenge Fund awards individuals, NGOs, research centers or companies that can help us find innovative solutions to cover the development challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the…  


We offered discounts in Kazakhstan for energy-efficient fridges. Here’s what happened next

In Kazakhstan, we decided to offer discounts to people wishing to buy energy-efficient appliances. We partnered with retailers and recycling companies and launched a special discount campaign to…  


Kosovo can no longer afford to leave women behind

During my five years serving at UNDP in Kosovo, I have seen many positive developments in the arena of women’s rights. Yet there is still a long way to go.  

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