I recently attended an international conference on transit and development in my hometown of Almaty. The event attracted renowned urbanists and transportation planners from around the world who came to share their experiences and visions for sustainable urban development. I was particularly struck by the words of famed Colombian politician and urbanist Enrique Peñalosa. He introduced… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development
Towards the end of the 13th century, Wenceslaus II, the King of Bohemia and Poland, decided that monetary reform was needed. He invited Italian lawyers and bankers to carry it out and help draft a new law. The resultant “Prague Groschen” became one of Europe’s strongest currencies – the “Euro” of the Middle Ages. The… Read more »
Today is the International Day of Violence against Women. It is a day of solidarity with the millions of women worldwide who suffer this most pervasive violation of human rights. Throughout the world, one in three women is the target of violence from an intimate partner. As the gender advisor for UNDP’s regional hub in… Read more »
Cities across the world are functioning as real-life laboratories for exploring new approaches to economic, social, and human development. Why the city? Well, in part, because that’s where everyone is – and the rest of us seem to be going.
On 20-21 September, as part of the global SHIFT Week, I was hacking for social change with some energetic young men and women who are trying to make this world a better place. Why a hackathon? We wanted to try something different: to source ideas from some “unusual suspects” – as opposed to the same… Read more »
Old development strategies which starkly divided the world into rich and poor are slowly fading away. Middle-income countries are a good example of this trend – often acting as both donors and recipients of development aid at the same time. Does the traditional division of the world into ‘developed’ and ‘developing countries’ at all reflect… Read more »
Less than one year ago, we embarked on an initiative to support youth entrepreneurship. We wanted to build on the experience of the Future we Want campaign and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among young Albanians – a spirit dampened by lack of visible opportunities, support, and professional services. So we partnered with Yunus Social… Read more »
Reinventing public services has to start with the user. Only by incremental experiments, with an eye on effectiveness and putting the end-users at the heart of the design process, can we truly hope to transform public services to meet our citizens’ needs. Transforming public services to meet the true expectations of the citizens and create… Read more »
Human development is about the expanding people’s freedom and opportunities. Mobility and the ability to migrate are fundamental elements of human freedom and development. Unfortunately, this freedom is not applicable to Kosovo* and all its citizens.
How does volunteering make a difference? These days, we are trying to do development differently: to partner with less usual suspects for outside insights, and tap into local energy and initiatives. The ethos of volunteerism is exactly the same – it is not a supplement to the work we do; it is a natural component… Read more »