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?
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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?
The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.
I’ve been thinking recently about how tech-enabled peace initiatives can shift the balance of power and result in alternative infrastructures for peace. It seems to me that the proliferation of accessible technology makes it easier to innovate from the ground up. I don’t just mean new platforms or apps, but building social and organizational forms that enable small groups… Read more »
What is the connection between foresight and development? How can foresight be used to improve development practices? What new participatory platforms are relevant for those working in international development? These were the main questions driving this month’s research and development workshop in Istanbul where I was honoured to be both presenter and participant.
Pushing innovation and working for gender equality are a natural fit. Both necessitate the combination of causing trouble, looking at internal mechanisms, and working with non-traditional partners. Moreover, both have transformational potential. Inspired by UNDP’s current innovation agenda and Giulio Quaggiotto’s Development 2.0 Manifesto, we formulated some principles on innovation and gender equality.
We all know we cannot predict the future. However, can we get better at making strategic choices towards the vision we have for our future? Without a clear or common vision for what this future would look like this can be quite difficult. Add a volatile, complex environment where reliable data is scarce and information… Read more »
Modern Ukraine is an industrial country with a predominantly urban population. With the rapid urban development of the past decades, government institutions in Ukraine are using internet technologies more and more actively to inform citizens about official decisions related to urban planning. They use online platforms to announce updates such as when they adopt new… Read more »
Perhaps rightly so, development workers are sometimes wary or dismissive of toolkits that are often disconnected from their daily reality. Development Impact & You isn’t your typical toolkit. We’ve been careful not to add to the noise simply by creating new material and hoping people will use it. Instead we have pulled together a collection… Read more »
The Edgeryders community expects interesting additions! We will soon have innovators from Armenia, Egypt and Georgia joining us, and together we’ll find and highlight citizen solutions to challenges in their countries. This is a paid gig, awarded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to our Edgeryders company. We know this is good for the… Read more »