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Rethinking road safety – investing to save people’s lives

10 Oct 2017 by Irena Jokić, Programme Associate, UNDP Montenegro

traffic accidentMontenegro is one of the countries with the highest number of persons killed in traffic accidents in Europe. Photo: UNDP Montenegro
Every few months, I go to pay condolences to families who lost their loved ones in traffic accidents or visit an acquaintance in hospital due to an injury they suffered in a car crash. I am pretty sure I am not alone in that. Montenegro is one of the countries with the highest number of persons killed in traffic accidents in Europe. In 2016 alone, there were more than 5,200 traffic accidents, with 65 persons killed and another 2,500 lightly or seriously injured. Although we all hate putting a price tag on a human life, the economic case for preventing accidents is just as important as the moral one. Studies show that every human life lost in a traffic accident costs our country about half a million EUR. … Read more

Youth led solutions for youth problems

29 Oct 2013 by Ana Dautovic and Jelena Miljanic, UNDP Montenegro

Youth led solutions for youth problems in MontenegroIn a context of very high youth unemployement, the UN joint programme on Youth Empowerment is trying to apply user-led design so that young people come up with solutions to problems they are facing. Photo: UNDP Montenegro
Being young – what more could you wish for? Let’s consider the reality in Montenegro: 45 percent of young people between 15 and 24 are unemployed (in the total active population, for the last quarter of 2012) according to National Statistic Agency. This is much higher than the national average of 19.7 percent in 2010. Only one third of young people are informed about institutions or organizations that deal with youth issues. At the same time, more than half of young people believe that relevant public institutions do not support them adequately in finding jobs. … Read more

Unlikely allies: Can social networks help build new business?

18 Jul 2012 by Milica Begovic Radojevic, UNDP Montenegro

It’s a paradox: Montenegro’s poorest citizens live in the northern region endowed with 100 percent of surface water reservoirs and hydro-electric potential, 67 percent of the cultivable land, 71 percent of the timber mass, 70 percent of cattle stock, and immense potential for year-around sustainable tourism. This paradox is most evident in the tourism sector, where out of 1.5 million tourists that visit Montenegro only five to seven percent visit the northern region. Could social network theory provide some ideas as to how to address this problem? … Read more

3 reasons why you should care about good governance

23 May 2012 by Sanja Bojanic, Programme Analyst, UNDP in Montenegro

undp-rbec-community-center-children-smallCommunity centre for kids with special needs. Photo: UNDP
Good governance is such a widely used term that I feel the need to first clarify what I understand by good governance. If governance includes the exercise of authority in managing the resources of a country, then good governance is about making sure that this exercise of power helps improve quality of life enjoyed by all citizens. If your government is not providing the quality of life that you think you and your fellow citizens deserve, it most likely has to do with good governance - or a lack thereof. … Read more

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