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 »

How is UNDP in Cyprus building up?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Peace and security Social innovation

Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »

The confidence question? Meet the investment lady

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security Social inclusion

Is the problem of gender inequality being compounded by a confidence gap? A recent article in The Atlantic says yes – evidence suggests that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed in today’s world, it takes as much confidence as it does competence. We thought about this in Moldova where men hold most elected… Read more »

Kyrgyzstan: Paddling in sync

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Filed under: Development Peace and security Social inclusion

I recently attended a festive ‘Unity Day’ celebration in Uzgen, a city in southern Kyrgyzstan. The event was organized to promote inter-ethnic peace as a foundation of statehood. The selection of Uzgen as host-city was itself symbolic, as it managed to withstand a wave of inter-ethnic violence that shook Kyrgyzstan in 2010. Uzgen was one of the epicentres… Read more »

The latest from Cyprus: Digital wisdom for mediators and trainers

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

In the fall of 2012, we launched a knowledge innovation fund and received many entries. Undoubtedly, one of the most interesting ideas was a submission made by the duo Katie Economidou and Dervish Baha. Together they had been trained in the early ’90s in conflict resolution and mediation along with many of their peers, who… Read more »

Why inclusion matters to innovation – and to Mahallae

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

As Mahallae’s launch date approaches, we take a look back at the process of building the platform. The truth is that we’ve tried, from the very inception stage, to hold an inclusive process. Today, we want to take you on a tour of the various parts of Mahallae and how we essentially crowdsourced our content…. Read more »

Introducing… Nicosia is Calling: Games for peace in Cyprus

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

As many of you know, one of the many exciting interactive tools that will be hosted by Mahallae is “Nicosia is Calling,” a game for students aged eight to 14. The game combines history and learning about the city of Nicosia, its rich cultural heritage and its multicultural past, while imagining the city in the… Read more »

New life for old weapons: Conflict metal used to build windmills?

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Filed under: Climate change Peace and security

There were close to half a million soldiers during the war fighting for their cause, and there are an estimated quarter of a million illegally possessed weapons circulating in the country today. How do we fight the war against the remnants of war? How do we ‘peace-together’ the process? At the end of 2013, over 1,500 small… Read more »