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 »
Posts Categorized: Development
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 »
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 »