Europe & the CIS

UNDPCrowd - a New Kid on the Block?

11 Dec 2015

Do we want to be able to give people what they need, do it fast and efficient? Then we need to urgently set-up an alternative finance research unit and start trying how this works in real time with real people. We need to be THE new kid on the block! … Read more

With a little help from my friends: Crowdfunding Academy in Croatia

19 Nov 2015

Let’s take a look at the next round of participants for UNDP’s Global Crowdfunding Academy.Although the competition was really strong, we have chosen 11 teams with the projects that inspired us most. From green solutions to local peacebuilders, let’s meet teams from around the world that want to change their community with some help from the crowd. … Read more

Sailing towards 2020: Building a sustainable future for the EU fisheries

01 Apr 2015

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The romantic views of fishermen who spend the entire nights in the open sea to feed their families have long been replaced by some other images as the fishing communities throughout the European Union face many challenges. … Read more

Renewable energy cooperation: How do we get from Powerpoints to power plants?

18 Mar 2015 by Sandra Vlašić

photo: undp croatiaphoto: undp croatia
I found myself confused as I listened to the discussion in the European Parliament a few days ago. A policy-level discussion was taking place between various important stakeholders from the EU, the Western Balkans and the North Africa region on renewable energy cooperation between the EU and its neighbour-countries and regions. … Read more

From Tajikistan with love: The “handywomen” diaries

03 Mar 2015

Recently, I blogged about setting up solar water heaters as potential business opportunities for women in Tajikistan. Today, I’m happy to follow up the story on the ground with the resourceful women of Jilikul, a tiny village near the border of Afghanistan. Walking around Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, I was struck by the sight of a group of men sitting by the market equipped with saws and hammers. They are the local handymen who you can pay to do odd jobs around the house. … Read more