A school powered by the sun: Shining example from Croatia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

We all want the best for our children. A good school is often at the top of that list. Unfortunately, for many schools in Croatia today, the high cost of energy bills poses a challenge. The Ostrog Primary School, located in sunny Dalmatia, is changing that narrative.  A 25 kW solar energy plant, mounted on… Read more »

Corruption, governance, and the SDGs: Introducing Peter Eigen

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion

In some ways, the Sustainable Development Goals are a continuation of the Millennium Development Goals. Though most believe the MDGs have helped make a difference in the lives of the world’s most needy and vulnerable, a common critique has been the absence of functional links to governance concerns. These critics have emphasized that if we want the… Read more »

Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

A good idea is like a coconut. We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless. At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array… Read more »

‘My opinion matters’: How a mobile tool in Armenia is engaging citizens

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion

About 3,000 residents from five towns and villages of Armenia are now enrolled in the Micro-referendum Tool initiative. Micro-Referendum Tool allows local governments to run SMS-polls to better reach their constituents and engage them in community affairs. The tool provides citizens an opportunity to safely express their opinions via SMS. This is especially important for… Read more »

Micronarratives: Small stories reveal big truths in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »