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Hackathon in Ukraine: Making sure every voice is heard

How do you ensure people’s safety and security in a conflict situation?  How do you select the most reliable sources of information in an overcrowded media environment? How do you mobilize and cooperate effectively with friends, colleagues and neighbours when conflict does arise? These were more

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Important for the job: Border management in Central Asia

  Border agencies throughout Central Asia face profound security risks and challenges. These threats can come from a wide array of sources: the fragile security situation in Afghanistan, potential regional instability arising from religious extremism, terrorism, narcotics and weapons traffickin more

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Kyrgyzstan: Bridging the gap between government and people

Bekzat Usenkanov, 35, says he never thought that one day he would become a public watchdog because his keen interest has always been in new communication technologies.   He spent several years studying abroad. Upon return to Kyrgyzstan, Mr. Usenkanov encountered problems when he attempted to s more

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Iker Casillas encourages young people in Uzbekistan to volunteer

On 5 December, the world celebrates International Volunteer Day. This year, the United Nations campaign to promote volunteerism in Uzbekistan is joined by none other than Iker Casillas, renowned goalkeeper, captain of both Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, and UNDP Goodwill Ambass more

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Kazakhstan: A champion for people living with disabilities

Astana, Kazakhstan – 30 January, 2013 – Since the age of five, when Ali Amanbayev was diagnosed with a serious spinal injury, life has been a constant struggle.   "As a schoolboy, I began using crutches and had to do my homework lying on my back," he recalls. &qu more

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Moldova: How does programme based budgeting benefit citizens?

The Slovak Ministry of Finance recently hosted staff working in Moldovan ministries and public institutions to share their experience with programme based budgeting.   The representatives from Moldova are supporting their central government with program based budgeting, which, according to Nata more

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Share your ideas and join our social innovation camp for human rights

Do you want to change the world? If you are from Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro and Ukraine, and have an idea for promoting human rights and justice, share it by 20 May.   If your idea is selected, we’ll get you to Yerevan, Armenia, for HuriLab, more

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Moldova: Community-led development means better quality of life

CHISINAU, Moldova - 22 May 2013 - For the first time in his life, 76 year-old Mihai Druta does not have to carry water 1.5 kilometres to his house. He now has his own water supply in his home, a sewer system, and garbage is collected regularly in his neighbourhood.   “It's a change that makes o more

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The Civil20 Dialogue: shaping discussions in the run-up to the G20 Summit

  New York – For the first time in the history of the G20 Summit, people from around the world are invited to share their views with world leaders.   Launched in mid-January by the G20 Civil Secretariat of Russia and UNDP, a crowdsourcing project called The Civil20 Dialogue is allowing glo more

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Judges in Albania explore electoral dispute resolution

Albanians will go to the polls on 23 June to elect their 2013-2017 legislature. The elections, and the electoral reforms that preceded them, are of significant importance for the country’s democratization and prospects for European Union (EU) integration (pdf).   A new election law, a more

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Property rights and legal aid: Making life a little easier in Ukraine

Ivan Kalyta’s pension allows him to buy his medication and basic food (like milk, bread and potatoes), and pay his utility bill.   Two years ago he decided to sell two plots of his land to raise money to repair his house.   He started trying to register his land in 2010, but wasn’t able to more

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Human Rights Day 2012: Countries push each other to protect human rights

For the last four years, countries around the globe have been reviewing each other’s human rights records. This process is known as the universal periodic review, which started in 2008.   It is the only global human rights mechanism based on peer review and full national ownership.   more

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Turkmenistan: The modern village as a countrywide model of local governance

Grade nine student Annayeva Ashirgul and her 320 classmates now go to school full time. Before their new school was built in the village of Belek in December 2012, students would go to school in shifts. The old school could not accommodate all the children at the same time, and was in need of major more

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