What do you actually do? How we’re showing – not just telling – in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Development

If you wanted to learn more about UNDP’s strategy – the issues and how we’re tackling them – in a particular country, how would you go about doing it?

Look through the UNDP country office website? Read a bunch of reports?

What you’re probably looking for is something that cuts through the dense jargon, the endless acronyms, and the development doublespeak.

Sometimes getting the most basic information can be the hardest thing to find.

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The evolving finch fund: Two early insights on scaling…and lots of work still ahead!

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

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An upstream battle? Pacific Salmon sacrifice themselves so that their bodies can stimulate algae growth necessary to feed their spawn

It was great to get so many comments and reactions – both online and off – to our recent post on re-framing “scaling up” in development.

We also happily adopted the affectionate (or so we hope!) nickname of “finch fund” for our initiative, as coined by Duncan Green (with thanks!). Our aim is to ultimately come up with a set of criteria that can spur the growth of development innovation activities without falling into the “replication of best practice” or the ‘bigger, faster, cheaper’ trap.

In the spirit of working out loud, and as we gear up for our get-together later this month in New York City, we’d like to present a quick update on where we stand in our thinking.

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Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

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Blogger Teo Taranis was one of 54 participants in last month’s social innovation workshop

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face.

In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social innovation workshop:

Be the change you want to see.

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The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

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Bus fair? Women earn 20.3 percent less than men throughout Europe and Central Asia

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life.

2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be put in place. Civil society, governments and ordinary people are now hard at work discussing the priorities to be set for the post-2015 agenda.

So now is a good time to take a look at the development framework we have been following over the past two decades to see what we’ve achieved and what remains in the battle for gender equality.

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Come play! Getting youth back to work in Moldova

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion Social innovation

The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!

The first-ever online game Youth@Work, which gives young people the chance to get involved in the development of their community, was launched in the Republic of Moldova.

Aimed at addressing unemployment among young people, the game involves youth, employers, and decision-makers in the Republic of Moldova who will debate issues related to unemployment, and together identify the most applicable solutions.

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Proxy data and the quest for disaster resilience

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation

Here at UNDP we’re in the business of this all-encompassing yet often quite vague idea of ‘resilience’.

For me what it boils down to is this:

How well are the state and its citizens prepared to react to emergencies? And what can be done to help reduce the risks to human lives and their communities when disaster does strike?

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Boosting trade in Central Asia: How we’re making sure this paper doesn’t stay on the shelf

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

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>> See how Aid for Trade is working to improve human development through trade and private sector development in Central Asia

We are excited to announce that we are publishing a new paper today on trade and human development in Central Asia in both English and Russian!

We believe the ideas and recommendations of the paper have the potential to influence major policy discussions within the five countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) – as well as shape how international organizations see trade and integration processes in the region.

The challenge: How do we ensure that the ideas in the paper don’t just remain there, but are discussed, developed, and ultimately affect policies throughout the region?

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The future is now (and here’s how we’re planning to catch up)

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

There’s no shortage of guidelines these days on how to ‘prepare for the future.’

There is Nesta and their “modest defence of futurology” and there are our Global Pulse colleagues, who look at how big data can help us better prepare for  - and protect citizens from – sudden shocks.

But that’s not all.

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Bringing diverse stakeholder groups together to find solutions in Armenia

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Using Critical Tasks List to outline the resources and capabilities that will be needed to implement solutions

We lead the Women in Local Democracy project, a three year European Union-funded project implemented in partnership with the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Territorial Administration.

The goal of the project is the advancement of gender equality, the strengthening of local democracy and the enhancement of social cohesion within the Republic of Armenia. We approach it through:

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A nudge in the right direction: Fighting tuberculosis in Moldova

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Tuberculosis (TB) remains a huge challenge for the public health sector in Moldova despite the best efforts made by all involved.

Among the primary concerns is the increasing rate of the multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the country, which are much trickier and more expensive to treat. One of the major reasons for this is the low drug adherence rate - people tend to discontinue treatment once they leave the hospital.

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