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For LGBTI in Eastern Europe, a struggle to exist

This week, UNDP and USAID are releasing evidence on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons across the Western…


Growing argan trees and beekeeping in Morocco and how can crowdfunding help?

Argan trees are so much more than just trees in rural Morocco. In many cases they are the only income for local indigenous women. Argan nuts are being turned into Argan oil that is being praised by…  


On the challenge of secure, but open borders

As part of my job, I get to travel across the Europe and Central Asian region and sometimes beyond. But as much as I love experiencing new cultures, traditions, languages or cuisines, unfortunately my…  


Precious, diverse and cutting edge: Welcome to Croatia's parks

Croatia is a small country, with a population half the size of New York city. But what it lacks in size, it makes up in gorgeous nature. Croatia has the largest area of Natura 2000 sites in Europe. 40…  


When it comes to ending corruption, is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Since passing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in 2003, the world celebrates International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December every year. But do we really have anything to celebrate?…  


For LGBTI in Eastern Europe, a struggle to exist

This week, the UNDP and USAID are releasing evidence on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons across the Western Balkans — the biggest study in this region to…  


Let’s reset the internet and make sure it works for democracy

Political polarization is inherent to democratic elections. In fact, elections wouldn’t be democratic in the absence of different – and even diametrically opposed - political opinions. It’s a…  


For women in government, glass ceilings and invisible obstacles

Public administration efforts have a significant impact on our daily life. They determine the way decisions made by governments are implemented, and how budgets are allocated and…  


Can blockchain help us better assist refugees and migrants in transit?

Technology can both empower and disempower. At a recent workshop on blockchain, we landed a challenge: how can we use it to facilitate refugee integration? I am an immediate misfit in the dynamic…  


Labs on the perilous road of transformation

The call for a “new” movement around the public sector innovation labs comes at a good time because it compels us collectively to anticipate on the next steps and it asks good questions. But it…  


Tuberculosis recovery requires more than just medicine

Tuberculosis (TB) treatment is a very long and complicated process. Often, patients are left to face the condition on their own because people are afraid of contamination. Many lose their jobs and…  

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