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 »
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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 »
>> 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 »