Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation

It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »

Voices of Eurasia: Top 10 posts of 2014*

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Environment Gender equality Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »

MiLab meets MindLab: Redesigning public services in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Guest posts Social innovation

I find nothing more interesting in my work in the public sector than pioneering a new approach to an old problem. In 2014, UNDP in Moldova and Moldova e-Government Center jointly launched the Moldova Social Innovation Hub – or “MiLab” for short. We also initiated our first project – a pilot focusing on applying design… Read more »

Come co-design with Georgia’s new Innovative Service Lab!

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Filed under: Development Governance Guest posts Social innovation

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 »

What will the Global Forum on Youth Policies address?

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Filed under: Development Governance Social inclusion

Young people around the world are full of ambition and expectations. They also face many challenges. Poverty and limited access to resources, education, healthcare, and employment can hinder the full realization of youth rights, opportunities, and potential in many parts of the world. Coupled with social discrimination, violence, and environmental degradation, this leads to worrying implications… Read more »

Hackathon: Making the SHIFT in Belarus

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

It’s exciting to be living in a world where groundbreaking technology, open communication, and fantastic scientific discoveries, can converge to create something revolutionary. From Silicon Valley to Singapore, from complex emergencies to governance, innovative approaches are changing the way we do business; and the best innovations are the ones that come from the people themselves…. Read more »