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      • Moldova post-2015: How are we getting ready?

        24 Sep 2014

        Decrypting complexity: Futurescaper lets us map the web of trends, impacts and consequences

        Some time ago, in the first round of the national post-2015 consultations, citizens in Moldova told us about their aspirations. They spoke of finding decent work, wanting better social protection, and having more accountable governance. This will be all the more challenging in a world where rising energy and food prices, climate-related threats, emigration, and population aging are only becoming more pronounced. However, acknowledging aspirations and challenges is only part of the story. The question for us development professionals is this: How can we help the Moldovan people fulfill their aspirations and cope with these challenges? Futurist Tamar Kasriel writes that the future is “not about being right, it’s about being ready.” As such, institutions and their capacities will be crucial in making this post-2015 agenda a reality. Here’s why: 1)    Development challenges are crosscutting These issues cannot be kept under the remit of a single government agency. Look at the interplay between green development, food security, and poverty to cite just one example. There is a profound need for efficient inter-agency communication and responsive institutions. 2)    Development challenges are complex Traditional forms of governance, such as establishing committees, are synonymous with deadlocks. We need breakthroughs. New approaches, such as ‘deliveryRead More

      • Tackling vulnerability: Five reflections on the Human Development Report in Moldova

        13 Aug 2014


        By Alex Oprunenco and Dumitru Vasilescu Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the Moldova context, where we’ve spent last couple of years trying to understand underlying trends in human development. 1. Making up for lost time? The Human Development Index (HDI) is a tool that measures and assesses long-term progress in three basic dimensions of development: a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living. This year, with an HDI of 0.663, Moldova is ranked 114 out of 187 countries. On average over the past decade, Moldova’s HDI value has increased by 0.12 percent per year, propelled largely by improvements in health and education. 2. Many shades of vulnerability The chief topic of this year’s report is human vulnerability or the prospects of eroding people’s capabilities and choices. Vulnerability is not only about money; it is also lack of access to basic services such as education, health, and waterRead More

      • 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