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Stories 06 Sep 2022
Stressing the Importance of Local Economic Development in Georgia
Meet alumna Salome Mekvabishvili, Head of the Strategic Development Department at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. S...
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Stories 06 Jul 2022
Building Trust Through Accountability in Liberia
Samuel G. Ford is the Assistant Commissioner of Community Services at the Liberian National Police, an institution that has, for the past twenty ye...
Itani Dzebu
Stories 26 Apr 2022
Local Economic Growth for All in South Africa
Itani Albert Dzebu is a local economic development manager in Musina Local Municipality, South Africa. Every day, he is working on creating an envi...
Valentina Ospitia
Stories 01 Mar 2022
Smart City practices in Cali
Santiago de Cali is a lively and bustling city in Colombia’s southwest. It has steadily grown to become one of the country’s leading cities and...
Bikhas Adihari
Stories 17 Dec 2021
Addressing Climate Vulnerability in the Himalayas
Dhankuta sits at the foothills of the Himalayas, in eastern Nepal. The town is the capital of Dhankuta District, a lush and biodiverse area that ra...
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Stories 15 Dec 2021
Building Social Cohesion Amongst Refugees & Local Communities in Uganda
Fred Buzu Asi works as Community Services Officer at the Ministerial Department of Refugees in Uganda. His main responsibilities are to ensure peac...
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Stories 01 Sep 2021
The Road to Local Fiscal Autonomy in Mali
Issiaka Bôh Magassa is a technical advisor at the Regional Development Agency of Kayes, in Mali. In 2021, he joined our Fiscal Decentralisation &#...
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Stories 19 Apr 2021
The journey to peace in Aceh
To sustain peace in Aceh, Indonesia, Said Achmad Kabiru wants to address inequalities amongst youth by supporting economic recovery and entrepreneu...
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Stories 24 Feb 2021
Strengthening Water Governance in Water Abundant Bhutan
“Planners and policy makers need to gear towards sustainable planning to ensure that future generations have access to clean water”, says T...
Orlando Fusco
Stories 03 Dec 2020
Supporting decentralisation in Albania
Over the last 30 years, Albania has transitioned into a democratic society, putting new policies in place, building democratic institutions and mak...
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Stories 16 Sep 2020
Tackling illegal gratuity in Indonesia
Anjas Prasetiyo is the team Leader of the Gratuity Control Programme, at the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In Indonesia, corr...
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Stories 16 Sep 2020
Leading change through policy making
The ongoing conflict in Afghanistan inspired Mustafa Aryan to apply for an Orange Knowledge scholarship to follow a training at The Hague Academy f...

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