It’s hard to believe it was only a month ago that we finished our second hackathon for social good. Around 30 young people came together to shake up Belarus’ nascent tourism industry. A diverse group with equally diverse ideas – from a map of unique national recipes (beyond traditional potato pancakes) to virtual reality glasses… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Development
Congratulations! Kyrgyzstan’s trip to the future continues in Greece. Do you remember our first blog about the Future Agro Challenge contest in Bishkek? Kyrgyzstan’s inaugural Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition culminated with a bang on 21 June. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and KG Labs embarked on the very first steps in bringing together thought leaders… Read more »
In May, in the span of just two weeks, 134,000 Saiga antelope died in Kazakhstan. The statistics are shocking. All the more so when you realize that 80 percent of the world’s Saiga population live here.
In some ways, the Sustainable Development Goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals. Though most believe the MDGs have helped make a difference in the lives of the world’s most needy and vulnerable, a common critique has been the absence of functional links to governance concerns. These critics have emphasized that if we want the… Read more »
We all want a better world. Before I lose you in the dust of big words and abbreviations, let’s at least agree on that much. If you’re familiar with development in general or the work of United Nations – even a little bit, you have heard of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the last 15… Read more »
One day, I found an unusual email in my inbox. Sent from a man named Mark in the United States, the message read: “Can you please help me find pictures of my great-grandfather who used to live in Shkoder until the beginning of the twentieth century?” Surprised, I wondered how I would possibly find those pictures;… Read more »
On 27 April, Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang will give a Kapuściński Development Lecture in Bilbao. If his past work is any guide, Professor Chang will argue that poverty reduction efforts should focus on industrial transformation, and the role of the state.
Cypriots today are rediscovering their unity around a shared cultural heritage; however, this hasn’t always been the case. How did this shift happen?
Close your eyes and picture an entrepreneur. What comes to your mind? Most likely a shiny suit running around big buildings in the big city. Yes – historically the funds, networks and markets for entrepreneurs have been in big cities, trying new ideas and initiatives. But local wisdom says it’s time for a shift. And… Read more »
“Not all inequalities are created equal.” So goes one of the main takeaway messages from the Dialogue on Inequalities recently held in Istanbul. Yet we still use only one indicator—the Gini coefficient of income inequality—to judge them all. Back in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy said GDP “measures everything. . . except that which makes life… Read more »