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 »
Posts Categorized: Development
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 »
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
I recently came to Istanbul to learn more about scaling up a project framed around empowering young people (specifically those living with disabilities) in Uzbekistan. My goal is to engage more young people in decision-making processes – to take the future into their own hands. This experimental approach to scaling up got me to take… Read more »
During the difficult events that befell Kyrgyzstan in 2010, the Russian Federation was one of the first donors to support Kyrgyzstan. The Russian Federation made a major donation to UNDP in Kyrgyzstan without any conditions or strings. It was very much appreciated. However, two years later, when we approached them with development project in the Naryn area, it was… Read more »
On 29-30 September, I attended the 27th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in Sarajevo. The main question was this: What has changed since the “Roma Decade” began in 2005?
Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the World Health Organization (WHO) in Copenhagen. I was there to participate in their annual meeting and to speak about how I think we can work together on health. You can read the whole speech here, but to give you a little spoiler – I think we can… Read more »