You may wonder how can innovation in development can work for Yemen. Yemen is ranked 137 out of 141 in the 2015 Global Innovation Index, with a mobile subscription rate of 68 percent, and internet usage at just 23 percent in 2014. What I’ve learned, though, is that technology is not the heart of innovation; rather… Read more »
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Prespa Lake is famous for its bird life, especially its magnificent Dalmatian pelicans. It is a rare ancient lake, where a tremendous variety of plants and animals have evolved, many that are found nowhere else in the world.
The war here in Yemen has caused over 4,000 civilians deaths and 1.4 million Yemenis to be internally displaced since March. To examine the impact of this war, UNDP in Yemen turned to citizens to hear their daily hardships and identify opportunities to restore livelihoods. But the survey we’re conducting is very different from traditional assessments… Read more »
High quality early childhood care and preschool education is a profitable investment, shaping the minds of children to become productive citizens in the future. In Turkey, however, the enrollment rate in preschools and other educational childcare programmes remains far behind the OECD average. To catch up, more than 3 million children will need to enroll…. Read more »
Since my first day at the Istanbul Regional Hub, many people have been struck that I came all the way from Canada for an internship. What was a Canadian student like me going to pull from an experience in Istanbul? What people do not perhaps realize from a first glance is that this opportunity did… Read more »
You know how most workshops go. You write on post-its or a printed booklet. You break into small groups or engage in some world-café-style discussions. You are present, attentive, and engaged… for at least the first hour or so. Then it strikes.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in a two-day workshop facilitated by MindLab in Istanbul. The aim was to take a look back at UNDP’s recent work prototyping new projects in the region to get a sense of where they’re at – and where they’re heading.
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 »
Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… 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 »