In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.
Posts Categorized: Development
Last week I accompanied UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, on a trip to Serbia. We went to see for ourselves the damage wrought by the floods that struck in May. The most catastrophic natural disaster in the Balkans in over a century, the floods led to over 50 deaths, with thousands displaced and left homeless. Even… Read more »
Recently, I got a pretty awesome offer. I was asked about the prospect of leading UNDP in Egypt’s energy and environment team on new and innovative practices. This prospect came with a second, equally exciting opportunity: Did I want to visit the country offices in Montenegro and Kosovo to see how they’ve been doing development differently?
What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »
In the Balkans, small arms are widely available. From weddings to New Year celebrations, celebratory gunfire is a common occurrence. Growing up in my neighbourhood in Belgrade, small arms were a common sight. Disputes between rivals, neighbours, or even family members all too often ended with the use of weapons. Even today, stories of shoot-outs and… Read more »
Last month, I got to witness a first for southern Turkey. The Dreams Academy, an Istanbul-based centre that works with some of Turkey’s estimated 8.5 million people living with disabilities, is scaling out – further down the coast to be precise. In June, I was happy to be a part of the crowd, welcoming the centre’s opening… Read more »
Here in Almaty, we’re working hard to not only green the streets but also to get people out on them. That’s why part of our “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” (CAST) project focuses on involving various social groups, communities and movements to work together. This is how we got to know the Velo-Almaty crew, a grassroots… Read more »
Here at UNDP in Uzbekistan, we are working to better the lives of those affected by the Aral Sea disaster. As part of this programme, we recently procured solar panels in order to provide access to alternative energy sources for rural healthcare facilities in the Muynak district.
I was recently going through the results of our programme for the economic empowerment of women in Montenegro when it hit me: a missing puzzle piece had finally found its place. Let me tell you the whole story. In my country, women and men may be legally equal, but the reality of everyday life is much… Read more »
We’ve all heard that sustainability is important. But when it comes to decision making, many people still think that environmental conservation has little to do with economic or social well-being. If you share this opinion, you might want to take a look at Kyrgyzstan. In the second-poorest country in Central Asia, the numbers speak volumes: