2019


Birth registration affects life

Birth registration is an undervalued but critical first step towards safeguarding lifelong protection and access to rights. Every year in Tajikistan, parents fail to obtain birth certificates for…  


What's happening to the middle class in Eastern Europe?

When the Berlin wall fell, much of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia collapsed into hyperinflation and armed conflict. Millions of people in the new countries that emerged from the transition were…  


Is there life after robots?

As technology has shifted, it has also changed the needs of employers, who are having difficulty finding the right talents today. We need to shine a spotlight on those left behind and who probably…  


It will take political commitment and investment to stop HIV in our region

What does the landscape of HIV looks like in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, one of the regions where new infections are increasing?  


Why mayors matter in the migration equation

At the forefront of welcoming refugees and migrants, mayors and municipal authorities are largely responsible for ensuring their communities can adapt and maintaining services for all.  


Women can spacewalk. But can they cross the gender line?

All nine just-announced 2019 Nobel science laureates are male—despite a significant and growing cohort of female contenders. Nor is women’s contribution to science a recent phenomenon. Yet women…  


6 major human rights trends across Europe and Central Asia

In the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, threats and vulnerabilities of people towards discrimination, exclusion and violence remain high. Here are six major human rights problems that we are…  


Trending: Partnering with the private sector for environmental protection

In Albania, we partnered with the private sector not just for public advocacy but also in-company structural change.  


If not now, when? It's time to unite for climate justice

With climate crisis looming ahead, only collective effort will bring about change. As individuals we too must speed up our reaction to the global crisis and push our governments to do more.  


Building a climate-resilient Georgia

A new programme in Georgia will provide a tested and ready model that will protect the country's citizens and help in preventing climate-driven disasters.  


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.  

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