Stories


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  


In Armenia, families brave the second wave - and an uncertain future

From the capital to the villages, take an intimate journey into the homes and lives of three families feeling the pandemic.  


In a Georgian settlement, one woman’s fight against an unsettling crisis

On the frontlines in this settlement for internally displaced people is a dentist trying to keep her patients and community healthy.  


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.  


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?  


The street that green built

A "green home" movement is sweeping Uzbekistan, with the government, banks, UNDP and GEF joining forces to usher in energy-efficient houses for all.  


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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