• Ministry of Data opens in MoldovaOct 15, 2015A partnership between Slovakia’s Ministry of Finance, UNDP and SOVVA (Slovak Organization for Research and Development Activities) has brought about the first regional open data challenge “Ministry of Data” which seeks to use the creative minds and innovative potential of young people to transform their societies through the use of open data and nascent technologies.

  • Transparent Decision Making, Key for Local Development and Empowering PeopleJun 18, 2014Local officials and residents of the 30 target communities of the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) learn to promote transparency in local decision-making.

  • A nudge in the right direction: Fighting tuberculosis in MoldovaApr 2, 2014Tuberculosis (TB) remains a huge challenge for the public health sector in Moldova despite the best efforts made by all involved.

  • The development story behind the MDGs: Seeing the forest beyond the treesSep 23, 2013Of course we need to closely follow the progress of each Millennium Development Goal (MDG), but have you ever thought: What is the development story behind the MDGs in various national contexts?

  • The MDGs countdown – what the case of Moldova tells us?Sep 20, 2013With the MDG countdown clock inexorably ticking, many countries are taking stock of the achievements and failures, and on this basis are designing plans to ensure that progress is sustained and the bottlenecks are overcome in the final stretch. However, such stock-taking can provide value-added well beyond simply addressing “sector” issues: it can reveal cross-cutting challenges and thus provide a narrative to better understand countries’ development. Moldova’s development story as told by the MDGs is a conclusive example.

  • Behavioural science and development: How about some practical examples?May 21, 2013I told you about our foray into behavioural economics and invited you to join – and I even gave you some homework. Now I want to offer some examples of what behavioural economics looks like in practice, in the hope of starting to think about how we can apply it to our work. (Keeping in mind that there is some criticism of the approach too.)

  • Confidence as key subject of a surveyMay 10, 2013It was “weighted”, “measured”, “defined” and suggested as solution for improving people’s life. It is about confidence. A survey determining the level of confidence between the people from the both sides of the River Nistru was undertaken for the first time in Moldova by the “Novii Vek” Center from Tiraspol and “Community Initiative for Democratization and Counseling” from Chisinau, with the financial assistance of the Joint UNDP-EU “Support to Confidence Building Measures” Programme. More details about the respective analysis are pointed out in the interview with Elena Bubcova, President of the Independent Center of Analytical Surveys “Novii Vek”.