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The problem is they see us as a whole: How Roma exclusion plays into inequality

Andrea Woodhouse's picture

According to a new regional report titled Breaking the Cycle of Roma Exclusion in the Western Balkans, disparities between Roma and neighboring non-Roma individuals persist across the Western Balkans, especially in employment and education, as evidenced by the UNDP-EC-World Bank Regional Roma Survey.

What explains these disadvantages?  What can this tell us about how social norms, aspirations, and structural exclusion contribute to inequalities?

Modernizing road maintenance in Azerbaijan to ensure safer, more efficient travel

Nijat Valiyev's picture
AZ roads

As a transport specialist – and an avid motorist – I travel across Azerbaijan on a regular basis, both for business and pleasure. As such, I can attest that the country’s road infrastructure, particularly along its main transport corridors, has significantly improved over the past 15 years. 

Lado Apkhazava – one exceptional teacher’s recipe for unlocking Georgia’s human capital potential

Mercy Tembon's picture
Also available in: Georgian
Lado Apkhazava and Mercy Tembon

I am very happy I met Lado Apkhazava, a truly gifted, committed, and professional Civics Education teacher from Guria - one of Georgia’s poorest regions. Lado’s innovative and student-centered approach is transforming the culture of teaching and learning at his public school in Chibati.

ლადო აფხაზავა – ერთი გამორჩეული მასწავლებლის რეცეპტი საქართველოს ადამიანური კაპიტალის განვითარებისთვის

Mercy Tembon's picture
Also available in: English
Lado Apkhazava and Mercy Tembon
ძალიან მიხარია, რომ ლადოსთან შეხვედრის შესაძლებლობა მომეცა. ის, მართლაც, ნიჭიერი, საქმისთვის თავდადებული და სამოქალაქო განათლების პროფესიონალი მასწავლებელი აღმოჩნდა. ლადო საქართველოს ერთ-ერთი უღარიბესი რეგიონიდან - გურიიდანაა. მისი ინოვაციური და მოსწავლეზე მორგებული მიდგომა სწავლებისა და სწავლის კულტურას ჩიბათის საჯარო სკოლაში მნიშვნელოვნად გარდაქმნის. 

Investițiile în micuțul Radu sunt investiții în viitorul Moldovei

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
Also available in: English | Русский
Moldova Human Capital

Întrebați pe oricine din Moldova despre cele mai importante atracții ale țării și, probabil, vor menționa vinăriile moldovenești, inclusiv beciurile de la Cricova, aflate la o distanță de aproximativ jumătate de oră de mers cu mașina de la Chișinău și cunoscute pentru cele 120 km de tuneluri subterane. În 2002, complexul vitivinicol Cricova a fost distins cu Ordinul Republicii pentru contribuția sa la dezvoltarea economiei naționale.
Totuși, adevărata bogăție a Moldovei nu este subterană. E situată chiar la suprafață, reprezentată de oamenii săi.

Investing in young Radu is investing in Moldova’s future

Anna Akhalkatsi's picture
Also available in: Română | Русский
Moldova Human Capital

Ask anybody in Moldova about the country’s most-popular attractions and they’ll likely mention Moldovan wineries, including the Cricova Wine Cellars, located about half an hour’s drive from Chisinau, and famous for having 120km of underground tunnels. In 2002, the Cricova wine complex was awarded the Order of the Republic for its contribution to the development of the national economy.
Moldova’s true wealth, however, is not underground. It’s well-above ground, in its people.

Can Belarusian railways keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Winnie Wang's picture
Also available in: Русский

If you were to take a train from the Belarusian capital of Minsk to any satellite town, it would likely be cheaper than commuting within the city itself. This sounds like a good deal for inter-city passengers, but it also underscores the challenges facing the long-term development of Belarus’ railway system.

So, how can the railway system be maintained and upgraded to meet new demands, without making train trips unaffordable for ordinary Belarusians?

Sada je pravo vrijeme za prestanak pušenja: Dobro je za vaše zdravlje i za vaš džep!

Cesar A. Cancho's picture
Also available in: English

Maglovito je poslijepodne u Sarajevu i zvuk zvona označava kraj nastave za taj dan.  Učenici tehničke škole žureći izlaze iz zgrade, i dok se većina razilazi u različitim pravcima, neki od njih odlaze ka obližnjem kiosku.

Quit smoking – not only good for your health, but also for your wallet!

Cesar A. Cancho's picture
Also available in: Bosanski

It is a foggy afternoon in Sarajevo and the sound of the bell signals the end of classes for the day. The engineering school students rush out of the building, and while most scatter in different directions, some of them head to a kiosk nearby.