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 »
Posts Categorized: Poverty
[Ed. note: This was the second of the three winning projects of UNDP’s regional Scaling Up Fund. Each proposal was designed to deliberately move away from more conventional ways of scaling (‘going big’) to a more adaptive approach (running multiple experiments and enhancing existing dynamics in the communities, as opposed to creating something new)] According to a 2002 census, 53,879… Read more »
Old development strategies which starkly divided the world into rich and poor are slowly fading away. Middle-income countries are a good example of this trend – often acting as both donors and recipients of development aid at the same time. Does the traditional division of the world into ‘developed’ and ‘developing countries’ at all reflect… Read more »
Less than one year ago, we embarked on an initiative to support youth entrepreneurship. We wanted to build on the experience of the Future we Want campaign and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship among young Albanians – a spirit dampened by lack of visible opportunities, support, and professional services. So we partnered with Yunus Social… Read more »
Human development is about the expanding people’s freedom and opportunities. Mobility and the ability to migrate are fundamental elements of human freedom and development. Unfortunately, this freedom is not applicable to Kosovo* and all its citizens.
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
On 29-30 September, I attended the 27th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in Sarajevo. The main question was this: What has changed since the “Roma Decade” began in 2005?
Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?
Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »
In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.