Stories


Lawyers on wheels: 'solidarity bus' represents Kyrgyzstan's landless women

A small van bounds along rural roads to bring lawyers, notaries and social workers to remote parts of the country to resolve villagers' legal quandaries - for free.  


Kyrgyzstan's kidnapped brides use fashion and flags to end marriage taboo

Bride kidnapping was outlawed in 2013 in Kyrgyzstan, but was still evident. Now, a new generation of women are eschewing acceptance of this abuse, with their campaign escalating in 2018.  


Reclaiming the sands of a dead sea

There were once over 1,100 islands scattered across the extensive waters of the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. Decades of agricultural misuse created an environmental catastrophe.  


2018: The year in pictures

From amplifying gender equality to boosting green energy, see the highlights from our development journey this year.  


Colour creeps back as Aral Sea emerges from the dust

Once the world's fourth biggest lake, the Aral almost disappeared - and holds a lesson for all  


Illuminating the present

The latest UN report is unequivocal: we only have 12 years to prevent catastrophic climate change and emissions must peak globally within about a year. Here’s a look at what we are doing to assist the…  


Not all barriers are physical

16.5 million people with disabilities in the region strive to live more comfortable and dignified lives. We need to acknowledge their diverse needs and strengths.  


#HearMeToo: Activists in Central Asia break ground in fight against violence

Three women activists are part of a growing movement to counter violence against women and girls in Central Asia, where the problem remains largely unaddressed.  


Seeking justice in Georgia

Medea was left homeless, Boris faced a jail sentence. Legal aid helped them to restrote their lives when everything seemed lost. Lawyers and consultants help thousands of vulnerable people in Georgia…  


Raising a gay child in the former Soviet Union

In Ukraine, a mother of a gay son not only comes to terms with her son's identity, but helps other parents as well. A collaboration with Thompson Reuters Foundation.  

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