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 »
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>> See more pictures from Georgia’s Social Good Summit Meetup As part of this year’s Social Good Summit, UNDP in Georgia joined forces with Elva Community engagement to host a Meetup to look at the intersection of gaming and peacebuilding. As described in their recent post, the team has been hard at work developing a game aiming… Read more »
The Strumica River Basin is one of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. By 2020, water demands in the Strumica River Basin are expected to increase by 40 percent, while extreme weather events – such as floods and droughts – are also expected to become more frequent. To avoid… Read more »
Mark is a senior in high school and comes from a wealthy family. He is carefree, somewhat lazy, and does not put much effort into schoolwork. His father is worried that he will not be accepted into a good university, so he puts a substantial amount of money in an envelope and goes to see… Read more »
From county councils to government departments, institutions in the UK are thinking more and more about how to develop innovative solutions to the key problems faced by their citizens. Increased fiscal pressures and heightened citizen expectations means doing more with less. The conventional stereotype of a public servant being resistant to innovation and prone to… Read more »
The next Build Peace conference will take place on 25-26 April 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus and already counts on the support of the UNDP in Cyprus office. Where Build Peace 2014 aimed to demonstrate the potential of using technology for peacebuilding in terms of ‘breadth’ of initiatives and ideas, Build Peace 2015 will begin to… Read more »
Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »
I have to say it’s been quite the journey. I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed the exchange of so many new ideas, mindsets, and perceptions. It has been incredible to see firsthand the passion and drive of individuals who are putting everything they’ve got into making this world a better place. I used to… Read more »
Recently, I got a pretty awesome offer. I was asked about the prospect of leading UNDP in Egypt’s energy and environment team on new and innovative practices. This prospect came with a second, equally exciting opportunity: Did I want to visit the country offices in Montenegro and Kosovo to see how they’ve been doing development differently?
The word “foresight” is defined as the ability to see ahead. It can be fun, however, to consider the literal definition as well, which is “before seeing.” What happens before seeing?