From Paris to your hometown: How climate action is going local


Filed under: Climate change Development Environment

Over recent years, climate negotiations have gotten more and more complex. With 193 countries bringing competing interests to the table, perhaps that’s not surprising. So negotiators are taking a bottom-up approach, with individual countries coming to the table to declare what they are nationally prepared to do to advance internationally agreed upon goals.

Innovating local governance: What did you create?

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Filed under: Environment Governance Social innovation

If government is best run close to the people, then local self-governance is a cornerstone in the structure of our democratic political system. But in a time of limited budgets, how can we make our local government more efficient and responsive? Instead of leaving this headache to policymakers, Kolba asked those of us who are… Read more »

A school powered by the sun: Shining example from Croatia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

We all want the best for our children. A good school is often at the top of that list. Unfortunately, for many schools in Croatia today, the high cost of energy bills poses a challenge. The Ostrog Primary School, located in sunny Dalmatia, is changing that narrative.  A 25 kW solar energy plant, mounted on… Read more »

Going to scale: A green economy project in the SILab makes good

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment

This journey began during the first Social Innovation Lab organized by UNDP in Belarus back in September 2014. Local NGO ‘Center for Environmental Solutions’ winning idea back then was called – an online resource and mobile app providing information on available recycling points in a number of cities around the country.. Since then – with… Read more »

Hacking climate change: “Skopje Green Route” reloaded

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

For two days in June, Macedonians will have the chance to take part in the country’s first-ever climate change hackathon. This nationwide competition is designed to tap into the talents of budding programmers to come up with new ideas for upgrading the Skopje Green Route app. The winning idea will be awarded US $1,000, while… Read more »

Phone-charging shoes? Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore


Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

A dynamic team of four Macedonian university students has recently come up with one of those brilliant inventions that make you scratch your head and wonder ‘How come nobody thought of that before?’ They’ve proposed an energy-saving device that makes use of our everyday walking and running to generate energy for charging devices like mobile… Read more »