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Women’s empowerment key to Western Balkans’ efforts to build back better from the pandemic

If we fail to adopt a gender perspective in our responses to the pandemic, we fail to build resilient societies and reinforce growing inequalities.  


8 women

8 women. 8 locations. 8 different jobs and life stories: a celebration of creativity, entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment at the workplace.  


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…  


Demining for a living: Stories from the field in Turkey

What’s it like clearing mines for a living? This short film takes an intimate look at the lives and work of deminers on the eastern border of Turkey  


Building a home: New life for Roma in Serbia

“I am working so my child will have a better future.” When Bora and his wife returned home to Serbia from Germany, he faced severe unemployment. Now a job cooperative for Roma is helping families like…  


Resource centers chart a new future for women entrepreneurs

In Azerbaijan, Women's Resource Centers are equipping women in rural areas with tools and resources to help them launch their own businesses.  


Video: Uncorking progress in the Georgian mountains

In Racha, a renewed focus on sustainable tourism might mean good news for business - especially for this family's vineyard and guesthouse.  


How can we create lasting economies in developing countries?

Countries like Britain and the United States have created a finance sector which has lost touch with the real economy, trading with itself, talking to itself, judging itself by its own criteria. This…  


Middle class in Eastern Europe and Central Asia tripled in size since 2001

The middle class in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia swelled from about 33 million people in 2001 to 90 million in 2013, a new study from the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP)…  


Pedigreed bees instead of imported ones

Beekeeping can be a sensitive business. Around the world, there has been a dramatic dying off of bees in large numbers, due to environmental and chemical factors. In the Sary-Be canyon of the Osh…  

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