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 »

JashtarCamp 2013: Youth and technology for peace in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Central Asia Development 2.0 Human rights Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

Last month we celebrated World Youth at the fifth annual youth conference Jashtar Camp 2013, which brought together more than 1,000 young people from across Kyrgyzstan to discuss technology and peace. Jashtar Camp (meaning “youth camp” in the Kyrgyz language) 2013, supported by UNDP in Kyrgyzstan among other partners, was held in four locations across the… Read more »

Peace through technology: A framework

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Peace and security

In this digital age, technology is altering how we engage with the world, offering new avenues for social change. Like any other tech-driven sociological shift, the expansion of these technologies of engagement requires our attention because it shifts the dynamics of social organization. This has important implications for how we protect and build peace. And… Read more »