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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.  


New language, new life: A Syrian woman makes home in Turkey

After being displaced by the war in Syria, Alaa finds learning a new language the key to making a new home in Turkey.  


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…  


Mission possible? Saving North Macedonia's vultures

Widespread use of poison is threatening the vulture population in this Macedonian national park. Enter Tome, a man with a mission. Can he save the ecosystem?  


Caught in the crossfire, Armenia’s border communities reinvent themselves

Rows of empty seats in classrooms. Windows half-covered with bricks. An unstable security situation and suffering economy has challenged this village in Armenia, but residents are determined to stay…  


An epic trail comes to life in the Balkans

Looking for a stunning hike? Consider Via Dinarica, an epic trail with mountains, valleys and rivers linking seven countries – from Slovenia to Albania – together.  


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…  


UN Development Chief calls for deeper Turkey partnership

UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner met with leaders of government and business, investors, the heads of UNDP partner agencies in Turkey, and members of the diplomatic community.  

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