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      • Making Education Better, from the Eyes of a Student

        02 Mar 2014

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        With the right technical know-how and assistance, good ideas can become great solutions

        By Online Communications Assistant James Brindley and the PR and Outreach Specialist of the UNDP/UNV 'Social Innovation and Volunteerism’ project Bakhrom Radjabov What makes a great innovator? The ability to see a problem that no-one else notices, and to come up with a solution that not only addresses the matter but helps to solve a myriad of other concerns. More often than not, such an insightful person can come from the most unexpected of places. When Ulugbek Musabekov was a high-school student, his interests ranged beyond those of his peers. While other students were merely focused on their studies, Ulugbek was interested in how the school functioned as a whole and asked questions beyond his years: How did students and teachers interact? How could the success and shortcomings of students be identified to parents, and how could greater communication improve the quality of education on offer? What had to be improved, he decided, was efficiency – an office full of paperwork did little to assist the exchange of information between homes and classrooms. When he left school and began his university studies, he felt a responsibility for ensuring his younger brother received a high standard of education. Later as a studentRead More

      • There is a small thing in my blood

        28 Feb 2014

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        Test for HIV today - be responsible for your health

        Blog by Liya Perepada She was looking down at the passing cars through the window of the ninth floor. Her long black hair made the phrase ‘almost like Rapunzel’ float in my mind. She made me turn around - I had not seen such a beautiful face before, with unusually delicate features. Such beauty always makes one squirm a bit. Regardless of what people say, appearance is always the first thing we appreciate about a person… In a moment Malika starts telling me her story. Everything was as usual - a childhood in a Mahalla, going to school and university, her marriage and two children. Malika says her two sons give meaning to her life – they are her treasure and happiness. Seemingly nothing could disrupt the natural course of events, even a ‘small thing’ – as Malika calls it – the human immunodeficiency virus which has now been living in her blood for five years. It was something that she had not expected. Unfortunately, five years ago her husband passed away suddenly and doctors asked her and the children to take a HIV test. HIV was not found in children, but Malika’s results were positive. ‘I can’t see it, IRead More

      • Cutting Through the Red Tape

        17 Feb 2014

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        Steps are being taken to ensure that national finances are delivered to the sectors that need them, in a timely and efficient way.

        By Online Communications Assistant James Brindley and the PR Specialist of the ‘Budget System Reform in Uzbekistan’ project Malika Tayjanova In 2013 and in years before, the formulation of annual budgets in Uzbekistan was an arduous task. In a centralised process, producing annual budgets required referrals to 50 often-contradictory documents and two laws. This process was invariably slow in regional Uzbekistan. However, three years of extensive collaboration between UNDP and the Ministry of Finance has led to the development of a Budget Code. The main focus of UNDP’s work towards establishing a Budget Code, officially introduced in January 2014, has been to simplify budgetary processes while also ensuring the use of Performance-Based Budgeting. Making steps towards streamlining Uzbekistan’s budgetary process has, first and foremost, required the simplification of related legislation. Before the Budget Code, financial experts developed annual budgets by using two separate laws (the first addressing budgetary processes and the second addressing budgetary funds), along with a range of often contradictory documents associated with these processes. Today both laws have been compiled into a single piece of legislation, and a Budget Code has been formulated. By clarifying the budgetary process and eliminating the possibility of misinterpretation of key documents, theRead More