2019


I visited the Aral Sea last week. Now I understand what “resilience” looks like

Nukus, the capital city of Karakalpakstan, does not feel like the rest of Uzbekistan. It is an oasis in the centre of the desert with artificial palm trees in the city centre with a museum of Russian…  


From predatory bugs to future-proofing: 10 years of lessons on trade from Central Asia

The Aid for Trade project supported the creation of 4,000 new jobs and US$560 million in export contracts the past 4 years alone. After 10 years, we look at some lessons on trade in Central Asia.  


5 leading mayors explain how they are tackling corruption

In Europe and Central Asia, 1 in 3 citizens rate corruption as one of their country’s main problems. We spoke to 5 mayors who are hard at work to change that.  


What’s in a boundary?

Every border creates its own dynamics, constraining freedom but sometimes allowing new opportunities. Many of the boundaries we experience are artificially created by societal habits and deep-seated…  


We need sustainable cities in Turkmenistan – so we created a roadmap to get there

No city has achieved sustainability yet, but we are taking lessons from around the world to create solutions for Turkmenistan's urban centers.  


Can the 4th Industrial Revolution help accelerate economic diversification in Azerbaijan?

Azerbaijan, a resource rich economy, experienced an explosion in growth at the beginning of the millennium as a result of rising commodity prices. This growth translated into development as poverty…  


2030 is even closer than we think

Nearly five years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, we know that achieving the Global Goals will not be possible without private sector involvement. Infrastructure is crucial for SDG attainment…  


We’re working to prevent violent extremism. Here’s what we learned

Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have not only devastated countries in that region, but also drawn tens of thousands of fighters from abroad.  


Working with Islamic Finance to achieve the SDGs: A win-win?

Islamic finance, a method of financial system which complies with sharia law and forbids charging interest, has become a growing source of funding for development.  


7 striking facts about the state of work in Eurasia

Though unemployment rates are lower in Eurasia than in other regions, over 1/3 of the workforce are engaged in precarious work and 5% live in extreme working poverty.  


How do we go from measuring quantity to quality when financing sustainable development?

Things that can’t be measured often can’t be managed, and finance for sustainable development is no different.  


Five reasons why paternity leave needs to get more attention

This year, our second child was born. Things were simpler, as we already knew the hurricane that would follow. Reflecting on both experiences, I realize how fortunate I am to work for the UN system…  


From public policy to sustainable development financing - can we do it?

In 1987, the world was facing mounting challenges amid deeply unstable financial circumstances. How would we foot that bill? And how will we foot it now?  


Can you help solve challenges?

The Challenge Fund awards individuals, NGOs, research centers or companies that can help us find innovative solutions to cover the development challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and the…  


We offered discounts in Kazakhstan for energy-efficient fridges. Here’s what happened next

In Kazakhstan, we decided to offer discounts to people wishing to buy energy-efficient appliances. We partnered with retailers and recycling companies and launched a special discount campaign to…  


Kosovo can no longer afford to leave women behind

During my five years serving at UNDP in Kosovo, I have seen many positive developments in the arena of women’s rights. Yet there is still a long way to go.  


Women need technology and technology needs more women – so let’s make it happen

Women need technology because today the industry is the most promising, global, fastest developing market for the best paid, creative and interesting jobs.  


Eurasia doesn’t get the spotlight it deserves -  so we created a journal of our own

Why do stories from our region often go unreported? Maybe it's because countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have had a legacy of equality, job security and functioning safety nets. But there…  


City Experiment Fund: The System Transformation Our Cities Need

Cities occupy only about 2% of Earth’s land area, but house between 60-85% of the world population. At a time of accelerated change, cities are emerging as leaders.  


Nowhere to turn: Can Roma women break free from violence?

The heartbreaking testimonial of a Roma woman reveals how Roma women in the Western Balkans often have to make hard choices between living with an abusive spouse or perpetuating poverty.  

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