Opening data in Kosovo*: The curious case of Gjakova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »

South Eastern Europe in review: Where citizens are the experts

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Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Social innovation

Whenever I discuss the governance challenges in South Eastern Europe, the discussion quickly boils down to one issue: (anti) corruption. At the recently organized SELDI policy advocacy workshop, we went back to the basic principles of “good governance.” This opened up a wider debate indicating that now may be the time to both reframe the… Read more »

Engendering change in gender and corruption

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Filed under: Anticorruption Gender equality Social inclusion

Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »

Ukraine: Mobilizing tech activists for human security

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

“IT-mobilization – National Human Security Hackathon on April 4-5″ I recently received that cryptic text message on my mobile phone; though as a member of SocialBoost‘s network of civic IT activists perhaps I shouldn’t have been too shocked. The same messages inviting people to join the first National Human Security Hackathon co-organized by UNDP in Ukraine, National Security… Read more »