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Milking machines make easier work for women farmers

The UNDP “Aid for Trade” project recently distributed valuable labour-saving milking machines to women farmers in Shtërpcë/Štrpce, a municipality of Albanian and Serbian communities, in a mountainous region favourable to livestock breeding. Ms. Selvete Ilazi, one of the 28 women who received the milmore

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Better ballot access to people with disabilities in Moldova

  Nicolae Ciobanu lives in a world that never sees daylight.   Even though he is blind, he travels frequently, works self-sufficiently, and votes in every election. In last month’s parliamentary election, Nicolae for the first time casted his vote independently, without any outside assistamore

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Bees make a big buzz in Uzbekistan

“This year our community has much better fruits and vegetables, and compared to last year my own family is far better off,” said entrepreneur and farmer Kuralbay Nugmanov. “We believe that this is thanks to our bees.”   For people like Mr. Nugmanov, living in Uzbekistan’s Republic of Karakalpakmore

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Addiction recovery: New treatment helps bring families together in Bosnia and Herzegovina

“I’ve been clean for four years now”, says Asmir. “It was a long and difficult fight. I’ve tried pretty much everything, methadone, tramal, bromazepam and all sorts of stuff but nothing worked. I was in prison when I first heard about the Tuzla Centre for Medical Substance Abuse Prevention. I decidemore

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HIV response in Eastern Europe cannot succeed without civil society

30 Oct 2014

  30 October, Tbilisi, Georgia – Cooperation between government and civil society is essential in fulfilling the rights of people living with HIV. Rights gaps include breach of confidentiality, stigma and discrimination, and criminalization of the behavior of key populations, concluded an intermore

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Learning to fight early marriages in Kyrgyzstan

  Be it for economic or social reasons, the number of early marriages in Kyrgyzstan remains high. According to recent statistics, roughly 12 percent of brides in the country are under the age of 18.   In rural areas, girls are often subjected to arranged marriages upon completion of high smore

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I woke up when I started my education again: A success story in Kosovo*

   It’s a rare sunny day here in the Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian (RAE) quarter of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo; a welcome respite from a long spell of chilly, overcast winter weather. It’s also the perfect day to skip school. Or, if you’re not enrolled in school – as is the case for nearlmore

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A brighter future for children... and their nannies

With an unemployment rate of nearly 45 percent, finding a job for many in Bosnia and Herzegovina can seem like a mission impossible. This has particularly been the case for women, many of whom have spent years trying to secure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, however, themore

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In Turkey, online games teach energy efficiency

A new online game in Turkey is showing that raising children’s awareness on energy efficiency isn’t only important. It can also be fun. Meltem Şengün Ucal is a professor at Kadir Has University. Using her background as a social scientist, she brought a differnet perspective to energy efficiency studmore

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Kazakhstan tackles its electronic waste problem

Aigul Manataeva, a mother of two and a successful businesswoman in Astana, Kazakhstan, is meticulous about clearing out household junk. When she read a newsletter about the negative impact of e-waste, she found herself hard-pressed to find an environmentally sound way to get rid of her five old mobimore

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Water and energy - twin benefits from UNDP--Coca-Cola projects

  The concept of ‘water and energy’ – the theme of World Water Day in 2014 – can conjure up thoughts of large cooling towers in power stations and the hefty power needs of industrial-scale water-treatment plants. But on a much smaller scale, within communities, water and energy also go hand in more

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Restoring the health of Lake Prespa

At over five million years old, Lake Prespa is amongst the most ancient freshwater lakes in the world.   The beautiful but environmentally vulnerable region of the Prespa Lake Basin is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, birds, mammals and plants. Many of these species are unique and manymore

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New solutions to energy challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

New York, 11 December 2013 – UNDP launches the third volume of Empowering Lives, Building Resilience, a report compiling sustainable energy success stories from UNDP’s work in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. These stories demonstrate how sound policies, capacities and finanmore

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Communities help manage Turkey’s Kure Mountains National Park

Turkey is home to three globally recognized biodiversity hotspots, and has had a system of protected natural areas in place, but half its forests are considered degraded as a result of encroachment, overgrazing and illegal logging.   With UNDP support, Turkey is starting to turn the decline armore

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Unlocking energy-efficiency in Kazakhstan

A student at Public School Number 9 in Astana, 14-year-old Arman said that a few years ago, the gymnasium in his 63-year-old school was so cold in winter that he and his classmates could see their breath.   "We hated going to gym class," he said.   The chill hurt students’ healthmore

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After the Rain - new documentary about women coping with climate change

  “It isn’t the strongest species that survives, nor even the most intelligent, but the species most adaptable to change.”   Charles Darwin   So begins After the Rain, the first ever documentary film made by a Macedonian director about climate change, will be screened in Skopje this more

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Montenegro reconfigures its energy strategy

Europe is consuming increasing amounts of energy. Average energy use in the European Union (EU) rose by 1.4 percent yearly from 1990 to 2012. Consequently, the EU has been encouraging its member states to explore alternative sources of energy, particularly renewables.   Montenegro has also more

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Solar powered concert rocks Chisinau

CHISINAU, Moldova - 30 April 2013 - A solar powered concert in Chisinau this past weekend is just the beginning for rock band FurioSnails.   "In 2014, we would like to organize a larger-scale concert powered by renewable energy," said FurioSnails soloist Lilian Severin.   "Wmore

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Gloomy prospects for carbon markets in the region

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — 29 April 2013 — In 2012, the value of the global carbon market rose to $176 billion and it was not long earlier that analysts had been predicting a trillion dollar market within the next decade. The carbon market was supposed to turn into the world’s largest commodity market amore

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In Turkey, an earthy alternative to chemical fertilizers

Earthworms are providing farmers with an appealing, organic alternative to chemical fertilizers in a part of Turkey that suffers from high levels of land and water pollution - with 45 farmers piloting the use of fertilizer made from earthworm waste in western Turkey’s Gediz River basin.   more

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