Thursday, May 7, 2009

CEE/CIS regional workshop 21 - 23rd April

A third workshop in a series of Global Study regional workshops for the Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) region was held in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic last April. This workshop brought together the four Global Study country teams of researchers, including partners from government and UNICEF social and economic policy specialists from Kyrgyz Republic, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kosovo, with participation from other country offices interested in learning about the preliminary study findings (i.e. Bulgaria, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kazakhstan). This meeting also included presentations by senior economists from the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) on their ongoing collaboration with UNICEF on Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms in the region. Countries in the CEE-CIS region are likely to be among the worst hit by the global economic crisis, adding further impetus to this meeting. There was a strong focus on what the studies could contribute in terms of evidence-based and child-sensitive government responses to the crisis, offering a good platform for continued engagement by UNICEF with its government counterparts and other stakeholders at this critical time in the region.

For presentations from this workshop please click here

Focal point: Gordon Alexander