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Moving Beyond ‘Survival Mode’ – Balkan’s Core Challenge

The hugely popular computer game Minecraft has two modes – survival and creative. In ‘survival’ mode the player must collect resources, build structures, battle mobs and manage hunger. In ‘creative’ mode, the player enjoys good health and peace. In taking … Continue reading

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Stakeholder engagement is key to achieving ‘good change’ in international development projects

The Association of Project Management (APM) defines stakeholders as ”the organisations or the people who have an interest or role in the project, programme or portfolio, or are impacted by it” (APM, 2012, p.243). In international development projects supporting private … Continue reading

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Meet ‘the’ most important person in the Balkans

Is it a hero from ancient times? A local strongman? A seasoned politician? No, no, think again, who is that every person in the Balkans really worry about? Answer: The neighbour. Yes, only the neighbor has the power to make … Continue reading

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The Chicken or the Egg

According the EU statistics, the Bulgarians are the most unhappy in Europe. Who can blame them? GDP per capita in 2011 stood at €5.200, about one fifth of the EU average, and light years after the world’s happiest country, Denmark, … Continue reading

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Responsibility goes beyond private ownership

The sales of home cleaning products, such as Domestos and Mr Proper, are going through the roof in the Balkans. Shoes are left at the front door, and cloths are changed not to bring outside dirt into the home. Family … Continue reading

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The unintended consequences of the 3CIS case

In the private sector everybody knows that the customer is King! It is the customer that brings in the money to your business by purchasing your products or services. Indirectly, it is the customers that generate the jobs and your … Continue reading

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Destroy the middle-class, and you will destroy democracy

David Madland describes the middle-class in the following way: “Being middle class in a middle-class society—where most people have adequate financial resources and stability, but not enough to allow for a life of leisure—fosters attitudes and behaviors that are essential … Continue reading

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