Renewable energy cooperation: How do we get from Powerpoints to power plants?

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Filed under: Climate change Development Environment

I found myself confused as I listened to the discussion in the European Parliament a few days ago. A policy-level discussion was taking place between various important stakeholders from the EU, the Western Balkans and the North Africa region on renewable energy cooperation between the EU and its neighbour-countries and regions. We know that renewable energy cooperation is… Read more »

My Municipality: A super tool for local development

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Filed under: Development Governance Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

Over 6,500 citizens in fYR Macedonia are now using My Municipality. The app provides a new and engaging way for citizens to communicate their top priorities for local development to decision-makers. Through the installation of  user-friendly touch-screens and an interactive website, the project has enabled citizens in four pilot municipalities to —with just a few… Read more »

Finding a job’s a full-time job: Dispatch from Moldova’s SYSLAB

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

I recently had a chance to check out one of the SYSLAB Centres in Moldova. SYSLAB works with people who have been unemployed for a long term, returning immigrants, and recent graduates who may lack relevant work experience. It may seem simple at first glance, but I’ve found that what SYSLAB actually offers is a… Read more »

Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation

It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »

Education for all: Is it possible?

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Filed under: Development

Education is the foundation upon which a life of dignity is built. Sure, it is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; but education is more than just a basic right – it is essential for the full realization of other rights. Without it, how could we understand when our rights have been fulfilled or… Read more »

Risky business: The emigration game

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion

In Kosovo*[1], 35 percent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 35. More than half of them are unemployed. For women, that percentage jumps to nearly 70. The problem of unemployment has turned into desperation, as evidenced by young Kosovars’ increasingly active participation in a phenomenon known as people smuggling.

Ready, set, compete! Why we’re reaching out across regions

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.