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Nations in Transit 2014

June 12, 2014

This is the the 18th edition of Freedom House's comprehensive report on post-communist democratic governance -- highlights recent setbacks to democracy across Eurasia and the Balkans, as well as in Central Europe. Russia served as the model and inspiration for policies that have led to an uninterrupted retreat from free institutions throughout Eurasia and in 2013 brought a new and alarming level of repression. In Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and several other countries, civil society responded with remarkable resistance to repressive governance. The year also featured improved elections and peaceful transfers of power in Kosovo, Albania, and Georgia.

Evaluation of Self-Governance and Role of Municipalities in Poverty Reduction Project in Azerbaijan

January 14, 2011

The Self-Governance and Role of Municipalities in Poverty Reduction in Azerbaijan project ran for three years from May 2004. Its general objective was to support municipalities to represent their citizens, especially the poorest. It proposed to achieve this by; Improving the quality of local self-government by addressing the general lack of understanding, and making them more democratic, more effective, and more efficient; satisfying the local population by having them participating in decision making, giving them better services, and bringing them at a higher level of awareness, and; contributing to poverty reduction by improving the quality of life. This mid-term evaluation has the overall objective of assessing impact against expected results, and analysing the quality and appropriateness of the original project design. But even more relevant was assessing whether a new phase should continue in the same way as before or whether improvements, amendments and/or a shift in emphasis should be adopted in the design or operation of the project.

Drawing the Line: Parental Informal Payments for Education Across Eurasia

March 9, 2010

Explores public policy issues on, motivations for, and scope and impact of private contributions to public education in former Soviet bloc countries. Makes recommendations for payment process, community engagement, and policy to promote accountability.

Women, Harm Reduction, and HIV: Key Findings From Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Ukraine

October 10, 2009

Synthesizes findings on the dual challenges of women drug users: greater vulnerability to sexually and injection-transmitted HIV infection and less access to services than men. Makes recommendations on outreach, testing, treatment, care, and policy.

Caspian Oil Windfalls: Who Will Benefit?

May 1, 2003

Analyzes the systems that Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan use to manage their oil wealth, and provides comparisons from ten other countries to recommend the establishment of accountability and transparency in the management of oil and natural gas revenues.