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      • The confidence question? Meet the investment lady

        22 Jul 2014

        Mayor Elena Josan shows a newly functional water supply network benefiting people from both banks of the Nistru River. Photo: Natalia Costas/UNDP Moldova

        By Victor Dragutan & Natalia Costas Could the problem of gender inequality be compounded by a confidence gap? A recent article in the Atlantic says yes – evidence suggests that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed in today’s world, it takes as much confidence as it does competence. We thought about this in Moldova, too. Here, men hold most elected offices, and women are acutely underrepresented in leadership positions across most sectors of the economy.  Tellingly, most women in Moldova prefer a man for president, despite evidence that decisions made by female leaders are often a better fit for the community’s needs (in Romanian). In the EU-UNDP Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, we also deal with stereotypes and issues of trust, albeit in a different, post-conflict dimension. Working to develop confidence between people on both sides of the Nistru River, whose life is affected by the still unresolved status of Transnistria, we’ve come across a number of women who could use a self-confidence boost as well. These women are doing a great job every day, leaders in business or their community, but give themselves little credit. While the role of women in all stages of conflict-prevention hasRead More

      • Game changer: Five things we learned playing Youth@Work in Moldova

        10 Jun 2014

        Winners of the Youth @ Work game. UNDP Moldova

        The three exciting weeks of playing Youth@Work on Community PlanIt are over. The awards have found their winners and we are in the process of analyzing the results. We at UNDP, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and National Council of Youth from Moldova, have been hard at work for the past five months, designing and implementing this exciting project. While a more comprehensive analysis is forthcoming, we are eager to share five things we learned from the project thus far. 1. Gaming is a cool and effective way to harness social energy of youth. When we were weighing our options on how to engage with youth on employment, we really wanted to step outside of routine and have an authentic, exciting, and unconventional discussion. We wanted to do so through play. When people play, they are more open to discovery, opportunities and challenges. And when people play games, they can do all those things within a safe context outside of the strictures of everyday life. The risk for introducing a game as a means to confront a serious problem is great: What if people discounted the idea as too frivolous or as making light of a serious situation? That is something thatRead More

      • Come play! Getting youth back to work in Moldova

        10 Apr 2014

        The first-ever online game “Youth@Work” - https://communityplanit.org/moldova/ -which gives every young person the possibility to get actively involved in the development of his or her community was launched in the Republic of Moldova.

        The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived! The first-ever online game Youth@Work, which gives young people the chance to get involved in the development of their community, was launched in the Republic of Moldova. Aimed at addressing unemployment among young people, the game involves youth, employers, and decision-makers in the Republic of Moldova who will debate issues related to unemployment, and together identify the most applicable solutions. We’ve seen how gaming can play a role in civic engagement, especially here in Moldova. So we partnered up with the Engagement Lab from Emerson College, and the National Youth Council of Moldova, to jointly figure out a gaming platform that would encourage young Moldovans to propose solutions to the problems they face. >> Read more about the steps we took with our partners to “define the mission” The idea to develop this game came as a result of hearing people’s concerns about the lack of jobs available expressed during the national consultations for a post-2015 world. The content of the game came directly from public consultations with over 200 young people held throughout the country. The game is now available in Romanian, Russian and English. It’s a unique space for learning and debating about unemployment, identifying community problems, asRead More