Are different forms of inequalities always and equally objectionable? This was one of the key questions put forward at the recent Dialogue in Inequalities I ran in Istanbul last month. It is my contention that not all inequalities are created equal. Instead, inequalities may be “good”, “bad”, or “ugly” – and sometimes more than one… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development
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 »
When we talk about development, we often talk about it as though it were a singular global problem with a singular global solution. Just take a look at some of the instruments we’ve developed and that we refer to in times of a crisis: The previous Millenium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals, the… Read more »
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 »
As an avid cyclist and clean energy advocate, I know how easy life can be with green transport. The challenge in my job is showing how green choices – such as in public transport and bicycles – can improve the environment, public safety, and save time.
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 »
In Kosovo*, 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.
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.
These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour. According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion. I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold… Read more »
Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »