While it comes to climate change, getting citizens engaged in their communities is crucial. To tap into this natural pool of talent, UNDP in fYR Macedonia launched a nationwide campaign last December, inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change. We received over 130 ideas – and ten of… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Social innovation
Last year, at Moldova’s innovation lab, we decided to experiment with a new tool aimed at reforming education. Along with the Ministry of Education and participating citizens, we launched an online platform open challenge asking Moldovans a simple question:
The sustainable development goals have yet to be adopted; however, the first signs of changes in the way we work are already there. Here are five reflections on what we’ve learned so far in Moldova:
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 »
Meet Ded (Grandpa) Trofim. He lives in a small village in the middle of Belarus where he enjoys the slow, quiet life of the countryside. Here he grows vegetables and takes care of farm’s numerous inhabitants: brightly colored chickens, a friendly trio of geese, a cow named Zorka, and two potbellied pigs.
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 »
In our previous blogs, we reflected on the nature of development complexities that emerged as part of our foresighting exercise in Moldova. In this post, we will focus more on some of the specifics: What institutions should take the lead? What are the biggest institutional challenges?What are key recommendations?
We can come up with a number of ideas if we want to promote peaceful coexistence. But what do we do if we want to measure “peace”? The empirical study of peace is still an underdeveloped field. Not only is peace difficult to quantify; there are also few tools readily available to measure it.
What do abandoned military barracks, a broken-down sports hall, and two national museums have in common? Not much – other than the fact that they are located in the less developed, northern region of Montenegro, and are probably pretty dilapidated by now, right? The answer however is something a bit more unexpected: These locations are… Read more »
Over 6,500 citizens in fYR Macedonia are now using My Municipality. The app provides a new and engaging way for citizens to communicate their top priorities for local development to decision-makers. Through the installation of user-friendly touch-screens and an interactive website, the project has enabled citizens in four pilot municipalities to —with just a few… Read more »