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The most read blogs of 2020 are about…(surprise!) Covid-19

From gender equality to human rights, climate change to the economy — one topic covered our top blogs this year: Covid-19  


Broken societies put people and planet on collision course, says UNDP

An experimental global index offers a new measurement of human progress that illustrates the challenge of tackling poverty and inequality while easing planetary pressure.  


Wedding season hits a hitch in Kosovo*

A big share of the Kosovo economy revolves around the summertime return of the diaspora, halted by the pandemic.  


Frozen in time: a traditional Kyrgyz village struggles without tourists

With the pandemic hitting tourism hard, this village’s growing industry is struggling  


Amidst lockdowns, rural life in Serbia turns sour

In rural Serbia, many make a living from dairy farming. But as prices for milk or cheese sharply fell, as did their market, and many families are hurting.  


COVID-19 and Central Asia: Socio-economic impacts and key policy considerations for recovery

An examination of the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Asia, especially the impact on micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and on households.  


A marvel of nature and hospitality in Georgia

With an economy largely dependent upon tourism, the current Coronavirus crisis has left Georgia particularly vulnerable. But can it use its stunning nature and boutique experiences to bounce back?  


After a devastating earthquake, restoring hope in Albania

A few months after the devastating earthquake that hit the country, the EU, UNDP and the Albanian government coordinated efforts to reconstruct the affected communities to accelerate recovery.  


Can tourism be sustainable in the pandemic age?

Some economies in Europe & Central Asia are highly vulnerable to the collapse in global tourism that has followed the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Can tourism survive in a post-COVID world?

In recent years, tourism has been a driver of the economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with potential to bring development especially to remote rural areas. Coronavirus has paused that trend.  

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