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Development stories from Europe and Central Asia - Volume II

Development stories from Europe and Central Asia - Volume II

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September 2012 - Empowering Lives, Building Resiliience is a compendium of human development stories from Europe and Central Asia. Each story shows how development assistance—sustained over time—leads to tangible improvements in people’s lives and builds more resilient nations.
September 2012 - Empowering Lives, Building Resiliience is a compendium of human development stories from Europe and Central Asia. Each story shows how development assistance—sustained over time—leads to tangible improvements in people’s lives and builds more resilient nations.

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 This publication was produced by the Regional Bureau for Europe and theCommonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) in August 2012. It is the secondvolume in a series devoted to documenting transformational success storiesin the Europe and Central Asia region.Copyright © UNDP 2012 The views expressed in this publication are the authors’ and do notnecessarily represent those of the United Nations, including UNDP, or itsMember States. The designations used, and boundaries shown, do not implyo
cial endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations. The project manager for this publication was Oksana Leshchenko and thelead editors were Peter Serenyi and Gretchen Luchsinger (consultant). Theteam bene
tted from the support of (in alphabetical order) Katherine BurnsOlson, Ti
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any Esteb (intern), Parviz Fartash, Maureen Lynch, Stanislav Saling,Zoran Stevanovic and Sophie Tchitchinadze.Graphic Design: Kayley LeFaiverPrinting: Consolidated Graphics
COVER PHOTO: Arlinda Hajdari has gained valuable skills as a machine operator for a company in Kosovo (UN Security Council Resolution 1244, 1999). With UNDP support, thousands of young people have found jobs in the private sector. See thestory on page 17.
Photo credit: Alexia Skok 
 
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LETTER FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR ...........................................................................2FOREWORD ............................................................................................................................3INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................4OVERVIEW OF STORIES .....................................................................................................6
POVERTY, INEQUALITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION ......................................10
Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Job and a Future for Youth ......................................10 Turkmenistan: People with Disabilities Move Forward .......................................14Kosovo
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: Finding a Job, Gaining a Foothold ............................................................17Romania: Incubating Businesses, Supporting Entrepreneurship ....................20
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT .........................................................................23
 Tajikistan: Putting Environmental Resources in Local Hands ............................23Kazakhstan: Preserving the Wetlands, Protecting the Economy .....................27Moldova: Big Plans for Biomass....................................................................................31 Turkey: Lighting the Way to Sustainability ...............................................................34
CRISIS RESPONSE AND POST
CONFLICT RECOVERY ................................38
Azerbaijan: A National Capacity for Mine Action ...................................................38Armenia: Increasing Resilience by Reducing the Risk of Disaster ....................42Cyprus: Bringing Down Barriers to Peace .................................................................46
REGIONAL INITIATIVES .....................................................................................49
Empowering the Roma to Overcome Adversity ....................................................49Lake Prespa: Promoting Conservation, Protecting Livelihoods .......................53ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS..................................................................................................57
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Hereafter referred to in the context of UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).
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