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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…


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…  


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…  


What does inequality look like?

Photographer Jodi Hilton traveled to 5 countries in Europe & Central Asia to document inequalities for UNDP’s Regional Human Development Report. Here is what she saw through her lens.  


Creating Islands of Integrity around the Black Sea

Islands have been emerging recently around Eastern and Central Europe. But they’re not common islands at all - they are actually cities. We see these cities standing out as “island” enclaves of…  


20 years of peace and justice in Eurasia: Four key trends

The past 20 years has seen the Europe and Central Asia region undergo tremendous changes. Our recently launched platform on Sustainable Development Goal 16 details some of those changes and how UNDP…  


Are young women a key to the growth of Uzbekistan’s ICT industry?

Do you know who Margaret Hamilton is? Not many do. She was the computer scientist and systems engineer who programmed the Apollo 11 spaceflight. There is currently a greatly untapped resource of…  


All young people deserve the chance to dream

We often say everyone deserves to have the same opportunities, and everyone should be given a chance to follow their dreams. But what does that actually mean? Is that just a bunch of words we say…  


Three lessons I’ve learned from building peace as a young person

Being from Kosovo, and growing up in the 90s, I know intimately the development challenges that arise post-conflict. Rebuilding societies torn apart by conflict is more than just about silencing guns.…  

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