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Virtual reality brought me into the world of a strong Roma woman

What did I know about Roma? When we started to think about making a virtual reality film about Roma, it was with the idea to transcend the clichés.…


Virtual reality brought me into the world of a strong Roma woman

What did I know about Roma? When we started to think about making a virtual reality film about Roma, it was with the idea to transcend the clichés. Could we make people feel a connection to Roma, to…  


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…  


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…  


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.  


How can we promote respect for LGBTI rights in Albania?

Since the political and social transformation of the ‘90s, Albania has been working to put in place a system to secure human rights for all. As a candidate country for EU membership, one of the five…  


When it comes to the lives of LGBTI people, dialogue can save lives

It is not news that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity around the world. The situation is no…  


In Moldova, we can make investigative journalism great again. Here's how.

Corruption offences often remain unexposed; investigative journalists often put themselves at high risk to shed light on these crimes. That’s why, last year as UNDP in Moldova we partnered with the…  


When it comes to law reform, think long-term: Plan ahead, plan better

In the Kyrgyz Republic, there are 172,800 people with disabilities – corresponding to 2.9 percent of the population. Out of these, 28,200 are children living in orphanages. The average amount of the…  


The long road to prosperity in Kosovo*

The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have…  


Kyrgyzstan: what does it take to make the invisible visible?

A friend in Kyrgyzstan recently told me about the first time she saw a person with disabilities: She had just turned 19 and left the country to study abroad. Day-to-day life makes it easy to forget…  

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