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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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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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Chicken or the egg? Young entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan say both

  Kalys Turganbaev was not a businessman.   Before 2013, he’d never produced or sold anything, especially not eggs – a rather unusual product in the traditionally meat-producing Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan.   So when he decided to launch an egg business with a few friends, it was mormore

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A joint effort: Blueberry days in Georgia

  “Fresh air, the smell of soil, and a seasonal harvest are everyday joys of a farmer,” says Tengiz Mikeladze, a resident of the remote village of Buturauli.   Mikeladze is one of those people who was born to be a farmer. He wakes up early, listens to his seedlings, and tirelessly removes more

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Great job: A better future is working for people with disabilities in Albania

  Sidrit Dedja is an amazing person: curious, equipped with a good sense of humor, and a real sense of purpose. He is 25 years old, and was born in the town Shkodra, Albania with a significant motor disability. Despite this, he was able to complete his primary education. For Sidrit, this was whmore

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Inequalities dampen progress in Moldova

The deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is less than two years away.   In the run up to 2015, many countries are taking stock of their achievements and setbacks. In Moldova, this exercise has demonstrated that further progress on the MDGs rests on successfully overcomingmore

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UNDP regional director on development achievements in the region

Vilnius, Lithuania – 14 May 2013 – Interview with Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independant States, published on “Vilniaus diena’’ (in Lithuanian) on the occasion of her visit tomore

Developing world reshaping the future, says global Human Development Report

Human Development Report 2013   ASTANA/VIENNA - 9 April  2013 - “Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast,” says the global Human Development Report for 2013, presented this week in Astana and Viemore

The Rise of the South, as seen from Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Khalid Malik and Cihan Sultanoglu   Human Development Report 2013   The world is in the midst of profound changes, and the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are very much a part of this historic transformation: many developing countries on all continents are now driving globamore

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“The South needs the North, and increasingly the North needs the South,” says 2013 UNDP Human Development Report

Mexico City, 14 March 2013 — Leading countries of the developing world, including key countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, are together reshaping global power dynamics in a new era of human development progress, according to the United Nation Development Programme’s (UNDP) 2013 Human Devemore

Bridging the gap: Involving Roma in civil society organizations

Bratislava, Slovakia – 24 January 2013 – Roma civil society organizations (CSOs) and pro-Roma non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Central and Southeast Europe have frequently called attention to human rights violations, social exclusion, territorial segregation, and inadequate civic and politmore

Drought, grain, and foodstuffs prices in Russia and Central Asia: Consequences for vulnerable households

Bratislava, Slovakia – 15 December 2012 – Severe drought hit different parts of the world in 2012, resulting in low harvests in key grain exporting countries. This includes Russia and Kazakhstan – which are among world’s top grain producers and exporters. Drought conditions have the potential to amore

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Georgia: Vocational training equips youth for careers

Tblisi, Georgia – 5 February, 2013 – Georgia is strengthening its system of professional education, ensuring that thousands of young people are equipped with the knowledge and experience to compete in the labour market.   Nino Narmania is one of thousands who has reaped the benefits. Last yeamore

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Fostering inclusive Roma education

Bratislava, Slovakia – 6 February 2013 – Low levels of Roma education contribute to the ‘vicious circle of poverty and exclusion’ faced by Roma.   Recently, two political initiatives have highlighted the importance of education for Roma inclusion: the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005-2015, and tmore

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Designing her way to the top

Skopje, fYR Macedonia – 13 February, 2013 – Jelena Kostovska showed a talent for designing clothes at an early age. After attending textile vocational school, she got to work with two leading designers and sold her products in boutique shops.   But then she ran into obstacles that many emore

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Roma housing: separate and unequal

Bratislava, Slovakia – 25 February 2013 – Housing is one of the priority areas of the Decade of Roma Inclusion.   The results of the 2011 Regional Roma Survey conducted by UNDP and the World Bank, with co-funding from the European Commission (EC), suggests that this is with good reason. Dispropmore

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Eurasian economic integration between Minsk and Vilnius: Problems, prospects, and UNDP’s role

The politics around the Eurasian Economic Community’s (EEC) 23 October summit in Minsk attracted a flurry of media attention.   This was driven primarily by surprise announcements about India’s, Turkey’s, and Syria’s possible accession to (or association with) the EEC Customs Union, as well asmore

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Integrative social protection: A review of some national experiences

In the aftermath of last summer’s Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and as the international community moves towards the next UN sustainable development conference in September 2015, we need to keep the spotlight on the world’s most pressing development challenges.  more

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Where there's a skill, there's a way: Supporting entrepreneurs

"I started applying for jobs as soon as I completed my dentistry studies," says 30-year old Arta Alija. "But I had no luck with any of the state clinics."   A harsh lesson that many young people are learning in these difficult economic times is that educational qualificatiomore

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Fiscal incentives in Uzbekistan: Have they worked?

The Government of Uzbekistan offers a wide range of fiscal incentives to help companies replace outdated equipment and otherwise modernize production. Many tax obligations have been lifted – including income tax, property tax, the single tax for small enterprises, and taxes on technology imports. Inmore

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