By Elina Järvelä, Innovative Finance Specialist, and Yaera Chung, Innovations for Data and Civic Engagement specialist; UNDP in Europe and Central Asia

It’s 2021. People and ideas are traveling faster than ever before, social and political movements are quickly self-organizing, and decision-making has accelerated due in part to the heightened…


What do these women have in common? They’re all leaders in some way, spanning a wide variety of careers and countries and being role models for those women who will come after.

Rajika Musaeva, Photo: UNDP Tajikistan / Takhmina Khakimova

There is no such thing as a man’s or a woman’s profession”

When she was young, Rafika Musaeva…


From gender equality to human rights, climate change to economic empowerment, we covered a lot of ground this year. But of course one topic was on everyone’s mind: the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s a clear indicator of how the pandemic and its impacts spread across all of our work here at…


by Ainura Bekkoenova, Zana Idrizi

The pandemic has worsened inequalities across the globe. Photo: UNDP Eurasia / Danil Usmanov

The severe impact of the pandemic across the globe has exposed flaws of social, economic and political models, challenged our societies, tested our collective humanity, and aggravated inequalities. …


by Kristina Jazinka Nikolic, Head of Experimentation at the UNDP Accelerator Lab in Serbia

The StartIT co-working space in Belgrade, Serbia. Photo courtesy StartIT

Digital nomads are people who choose where they live and work, since their employment is mainly virtual, changing locations often. …


5 key areas to pay close attention in the 2020 Kyrgyz elections

by Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic

A woman votes in the 2017 Kyrgyz presidential elections. Photos: UNDP Kyrgyzstan

Boasting a reputation as the only parliamentary democracy in Central Asia and a country with considerable freedom of speech, Kyrgyzstan is approaching its next elections on 4 October…


UNDP Kyrgyzstan’s Aid for Trade program is working to develop a tourism industry in places like Alatay Lake. Photo: UNDP Kyrgyzstan.

Over the last few years, Kyrgyzstan has been working on making itself a destination sought after by travelers. The idea is to appeal to adventure seekers, not just those interested in a trip around the countryside. The natural environment is stunning, and the landscapes provide spectacular and intense hiking, rafting…


by Dafina Gercheva, Resident Representative at UNDP Ukraine

Animation: Sera Sezer / UNDP

Editor’s note: As we move from immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic to talking about recovery, we are given a chance to return with a greener, more sustainable future — one that will require all hands on deck, from the citizen to…


Hong Kong graffitti: ‘There can be no return to normal, because normal was a problem in the first place’

by Millie Begovic, Global Innovation Advisor a.i. at UNDP, and Lejla Sadiku, Innovation Specialist at UNDP

This is the dawn of a new era, one of radical uncertainty where control doesn’t exist. Can the development sector reform itself fast enough to turn the pandemic response into more resilient systems? Can we leverage new capabilities to decrease likelihood of and exposure to similar shocks?

The COVID-19 is evolving into a long-term emergency, unlike any other that the modern world has experienced before (even though it was an entirely predicted and fully ignored — a ‘white swan’ event). …


Photo: Mahmut Serdar ALAKUŞ / UNDP Turkey

The first three minutes are critical in responding to forest fires.

An effective response is affected by the distance of units, changes in the wind, efficiency of helicopters, the water levels in the pools and maybe most importantly, the preparedness of the response team.

Roughly 28 percent of Turkey’s surface…

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