Collection of UNDP Innovative Development Stories in Europe and Central Asia now available in Russian language

31 Jan 2013

UNDP’s collection of Innovative Development Stories in Europe and Central Asia (Empowering Lives, Building Resilience Vol. 2) launched in September 2012 is now available in Russian language. This publication showcases transformative development achievements in Eastern European and Central Asian countries.

Much of the successes depicted in the Empowering Lives, Building Resilience Vol. 2 are based on innovative new social policies addressing the needs of that region’s chronically poor and marginalized, including the Roma, youth, the long-term unemployed and people with disabilities.

The publication provides vivid examples of “triple-win” strategies that aim to advance social, economic and environmental objectives simultaneously. As a result of these often innovative strategies, UNDP – always in partnership with governments, the private sector and civil society – has helped to create jobs, meet the needs of the most vulnerable, manage the environment responsibly and provide for the prevention of and recovery from crisis and disaster.

“There are common qualities to transformational change, regardless of the context or country in which it takes place,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at the launch of the publication in September last year.  “Some critical characteristics of successful transformational change include measurable results, strong partnerships with governments and civil society and improved national capacity to manage development projects autonomously.”

Despite the relatively high average income in many of the region’s countries, large numbers of people are poor or at the risk of falling into poverty. Growing inequalities, due to social, economic and political exclusion, remain a challenge. Environmental degradation, especially the high rates of greenhouse gas emissions in some countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, poses additional threats to development.

Some highlights from the publication:

  • UNDP partnered with the Global Environment Facility in Tajikistan to place management of natural resources in the hands of the people who actually use them; as a result, a community forestry management committee has overseen a 90 percent decline in tree cutting within an endangered tugai forest, a unique desert flood-plain forest found only in Central Asia.
  • In Moldova, UNDP is helping 60 villages in 12 districts to convert heating systems in public institutions and residences to use biomass, made from readily available agricultural wastes; the switch has led to a profitable industry in biomass fuel making.
  • A decade ago, UNDP brought in international expertise to help Armenia – one of the 60 most disaster-prone countries in the world – to develop a national disaster risk reduction system.

For more information about UNDP’s work in Europe and the CIS region, please visit http://europeandcis.undp.org/