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  • 18 Jun 2014
    Transparent Decision Making, Key for Local Development and Empowering People

    Local officials and residents of the 30 target communities of the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme (JILDP) learn to promote transparency in local decision-making.

  • 02 Apr 2014
    A nudge in the right direction: Fighting tuberculosis in Moldova

    Tuberculosis (TB) remains a huge challenge for the public health sector in Moldova despite the best efforts made by all involved.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    The development story behind the MDGs: Seeing the forest beyond the trees

    Of 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?

  • 20 Sep 2013
    The MDGs countdown – what the case of Moldova tells us?

    With 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.

  • 21 May 2013
    Behavioural science and development: How about some practical examples?

    I 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.)

  • 10 May 2013
    Confidence as key subject of a survey

    It 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”.

  • 04 Feb 2013
    A no-nonsense guide to making inclusive national consultations with few resources

    National discussions on a new global development agenda are in full swing in our region – and beyond. With this in mind, I thought it would be helpful to share our experience in Moldova in the hope it might provide useful insights to other practitioners who are asking themselves (just like we did at the beginning!) – oh my God, how do I do this!