On violence: A new approach in Serbia with the New School

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social innovation

Recent statistics reveals the alarming prevalence of violence against women in Serbia: 54 percent of women were exposed to some form of violence during their lifetime, while only 10 percent contacted services for assistance. This violence presents a complex social problem. It is both a root cause of gender inequality as well as an extreme… Read more »

Come co-design with Georgia’s new Innovative Service Lab!

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Filed under: Development Governance Guest posts Social innovation

Reinventing public services has to start with the user. Only by incremental experiments, with an eye on effectiveness and putting the end-users at the heart of the design process, can we truly hope to transform public services to meet our citizens’ needs. Transforming public services to meet the true expectations of the citizens and create… Read more »

Georgia: Capturing the story

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Filed under: Other Social innovation

I work on reconciliation issues in Georgia, on the kinds of things that affect people’s lives directly. It’s a job I love and more often than not, one that comes home with me. I remember when I first heard the buzz around “innovation” at UNDP – I was unimpressed. It sounded like a shiny, new… Read more »

Moldova’s innovation hub: Changing the way we police

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

It all started with the renovation of a police station in Chișinău. The question: Why don’t we redesign the space from the perspective of both provider (police) and user (community)? At that moment, neither we, nor our partners from the municipal police department, could have imagined what that would entail. We soon realized that changing the… Read more »

Dispatch from Montenegro: Step inside the MindLab

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

It’s not the ‘what’ but the ‘why’ that intrigues Kit Lykketoft. As Deputy Director of MindLab Denmark, Kit’s work focuses on user involvement, cross-departmental cooperation, and innovation in the public sector. We met up with her in Podgorica, where she was giving the keynote speech to the audience gathered for UNDP’s global Shift week of innovation… Read more »