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 »