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

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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 »

From sun solutions to climate cafés: Nationwide campaign taps into local talent

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

While it comes to climate change, getting citizens engaged in their communities is crucial. To tap into this natural pool of talent, UNDP in fYR Macedonia launched a nationwide campaign last December, inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change. We received over 130 ideas – and ten of… Read more »

#ICT4DRR: Making Skopje, Yerevan and Ungheni more resilient to disasters

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Environment

It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »

Renewable energy cooperation: How do we get from Powerpoints to power plants?

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Filed under: Climate change Development Environment

I found myself confused as I listened to the discussion in the European Parliament a few days ago. A policy-level discussion was taking place between various important stakeholders from the EU, the Western Balkans and the North Africa region on renewable energy cooperation between the EU and its neighbour-countries and regions. We know that renewable energy cooperation is… Read more »