Georgia on my mind: New approaches to governance

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion

All around the world, we are seeing fundamental changes in the meaning of governance and ‘networked democracy‘ – particularly in the shifting role of citizens, from passive consumers of government services to active participants. This is also having a major impact on the way public services are designed and delivered.

Scaling: An ideal solution is one that’s always changing?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

On our journey to explore how principles from evolution and other sciences can help us redefine a concept of ‘scaling up’ in development, we came across this simple yet extremely effective visualization of how species evolve (HT @hereissimone). What do you reckon: Could you see the “story” of development projects been told this way for the benefit… Read more »

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

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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… Read more »

Not another toolkit? Conspiring with UNDP

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

Perhaps rightly so, development workers are sometimes wary or dismissive of toolkits that are often disconnected from their daily reality. Development Impact & You isn’t your typical toolkit. We’ve been careful not to add to the noise simply by creating new material and hoping people will use it. Instead we have pulled together a collection… Read more »

Innovation for development: Scaling up or evolving?

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For the last two years we’ve been experimenting with a variety of methods and approaches to development that were, up until recently, entirely new to us – from gamification to open policymaking, from behavioural science to user-driven innovation, from design thinking to micronarratives and real time monitoring. In total, we ran around 60 interventions following a… Read more »

What if post-2015 were already here?

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Pretty much every presentation on innovation we attended in the last couple of years (including our own!) at one point or another included the famous quote attributed to William Gibson that “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” This has spurred us to look into a number of methodologies that… Read more »

Q&A: Meet Vid Micevic, engineering student with a message for development organizations

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Filed under: Climate change Development Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

Several months ago I received an email from Arizona State University (ASU), School of Engineering student, Vid Micevic, who came across our UNDP-Nesta Renewable Energy Challenge. He wanted to spend a part of his university education working on the challenge. The deadline for submitting the ideas for the challenge was just up, but working with… Read more »

What we learned about challenges – from the #UNDPprize renewable energy challenge – Part 2

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

What do you do when you have a tough development problem that you haven’t been able to solve – after decades? In our case, we decided to experiment with the challenge prize to help find a solution for 3,000 returnee families in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina who had been without access to electricity since they… Read more »

What we learned about challenges – from the #UNDPprize renewable energy challenge – Part 1

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

A little over six months ago, with help from Nesta, we launched our very first challenge prize: the UNDP Renewable Energy Challenge. We invited citizens from all over the world to come up with an affordable and easy to maintain energy solution to help over 3,000 families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have been without… Read more »

The winner (could) take it all… – MIT ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

UNDP in Montenegro’s proposal – Energy Efficiency Formalization – won both the popular prize (most votes) and judges’ prize (expert review) in the Building Efficiency contest at the MIT’s ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition for the most innovative solutions to climate change!   We are thankful to all who supported us, especially those who cast a vote… Read more »