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The StartIT co-working space. One of over ten co-working spaces in Belgrade, Serbia. Photos courtesy of StartIT

Digital nomads are people who choose where they live and work, since their employment is mainly virtual, changing locations often. Their jobs cover a wide range from graphic design, digital marketing and writing, to blockchain, e-commerce, and programming.

At UNDP Serbia’s Accelerator Lab, we became interested in digital nomads because we have been working on understanding the topic of depopulation in Serbia for a while.

Depopulation is a global issue affecting a range of countries, some aspects of which are low birth rate, high emigration and no immigration. …


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A 125-year-old vineyard, Podrumi Vukoje 1982 is well known for its high quality products.

It’s September in Trebinje, an ancient region in the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the grape harvest is in full swing.

On the 30 hectares of ‘Podrumi Vukoje 1982’ vineyard harvesters began work in the early morning, as they try to get the harvest in before the hottest part of the day arrives. With more than 150 gold medals from national and international wine competitions a 125-year-old vineyard, Podrumi Vukoje 1982 is well known for its high quality products, not only in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but in the markets all over the world.

“We are winery that deals exclusively with high quality wine production and we are the leader in this sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In order to keep this leading position, we need to constantly invest in new technologies and follow international trends” says owner Radovan Vukoje, as he takes the short break from his work. …


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Michael Haddad is doing a series of ‘Stepping Ahead of COVID’ walks to promote the second generation of UNDP’s COVID-19 response.

The first law of thermodynamics that I learned in school states that energy remains constant — it is neither created nor destroyed. The total amount of energy stays the same, but the forms that it can take can change.

Sitting in the make-shift exercise room that I set up at home to stay in shape under COVID-19, I pondered how this simple law encapsulates my life pursuits and struggles.

More than 30 years ago, I was given a life sentence: “You will never be able to walk again.” …

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