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Biogas takes off in Serbia with UNDP, GEF support to accelerate private sector investment

Biogas is making inroads into Serbia’s energy market as UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) concluded a five-year US $3 million project resulting in major investments into biogas projects.  


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…  


Agi Veres begins as UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

Agi Veres officially began her role last week as the Deputy Regional Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, based in Istanbul.  


European Union and UNDP to help Afghan women attend university in neighbouring states

A new EU €2 million grant supports a UNDP programme enabling Afghan women to graduate from universities in neighbouring Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  


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…  

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