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.
Posts Categorized: 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 »
Recently, I got a pretty awesome offer. I was asked about the prospect of leading UNDP in Egypt’s energy and environment team on new and innovative practices. This prospect came with a second, equally exciting opportunity: Did I want to visit the country offices in Montenegro and Kosovo to see how they’ve been doing development differently?
What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »
Last month, I got to witness a first for southern Turkey. The Dreams Academy, an Istanbul-based centre that works with some of Turkey’s estimated 8.5 million people living with disabilities, is scaling out – further down the coast to be precise. In June, I was happy to be a part of the crowd, welcoming the centre’s opening… Read more »
Here in Almaty, we’re working hard to not only green the streets but also to get people out on them. That’s why part of our “City of Almaty Sustainable Transport” (CAST) project focuses on involving various social groups, communities and movements to work together. This is how we got to know the Velo-Almaty crew, a grassroots… Read more »
Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »
In our previous blog about the Youth Employment Solutions (YES) initiative, we talked about our competition to find new solutions to youth unemployment. After extensive discussions, the young participants came up with 14 bold ideas to implement in their local communities. Four finalists were selected by an expert jury and the online community to receive micro-grants. Because the selection cycle… Read more »
So now that you’ve read my best-of-foresight reading list, aren’t you curious to see how all of this is actually being applied to the development context? Well then, look no further! As we get ever closer to #UNDP4Future on 16-17 June in Istanbul, I’ve made a list projects putting foresight at the forefront:
All around the world, we are seeing fundamental changes in the meaning of governance and ‘networked democracy‘ – particularly in the shifting role of citizens, from passive consumers of government services to active participants. This is also having a major impact on the way public services are designed and delivered.