As development practitioners, we often wonder how effective our interventions are and what we could have done differently. The burden on our shoulders is even higher when we are testing a prospective government policy that, once scaled up nationally, might have considerable social impact and would affect public purse. Evaluation of the public policies or… Read more »
Posts By: Alex Oprunenco
Alex is a policy specialist with UNDP in Moldova, leading poverty reduction worK, MDGS, and national post-2015 consultations. He’s also supporting the Regional Centre for Europe and Central Asia's innovation work by looking at how behavioural science and gaming can be applied in development.
Early last month, I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the Behavioural Insights Conference in London. Organized by our partners from the Behavioural Insights Team, it was a fascinating experience. Some key takeaways follow:
Over a year has passed since we started discussing how to leverage behavioural insights to tackle tuberculosis in Moldova. Back then Alex described how – together with BIT – we wanted to understand TB patients’ behaviour in order to identify the bottlenecks in adhering to treatment.
The sustainable development goals have yet to be adopted; however, the first signs of changes in the way we work are already there. Here are five reflections on what we’ve learned so far in Moldova:
In our previous blogs, we reflected on the nature of development complexities that emerged as part of our foresighting exercise in Moldova. In this post, we will focus more on some of the specifics: What institutions should take the lead? What are the biggest institutional challenges?What are key recommendations?
We recently blogged about how we are planning with citizens to improve the institutions Moldova will need in the post-2015 future. Now, we want to look into the main challenges and impacts as seen by the participants in the survey we conducted using Futurescaper. In the three weeks it was live, Futurescaper brought a new… Read more »
It all started with the renovation of a police station in Chișinău. The question: Why don’t we redesign the space from the perspective of both provider (police) and user (community)? At that moment, neither we, nor our partners from the municipal police department, could have imagined what that would entail. We soon realized that changing the… Read more »
Some time ago, in the first round of the national post-2015 consultations, citizens in Moldova told us about their aspirations. They spoke of finding decent work, wanting better social protection, and having more accountable governance. This will be all the more challenging in a world where rising energy and food prices, climate-related threats, emigration, and… Read more »
Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »
The three exciting weeks of playing Youth@Work on Community PlanIt are over. The awards have found their winners and we are in the process of analyzing the results. We at UNDP, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and National Council of Youth from Moldova, have been hard at work for the past five months, designing and implementing… Read more »