Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation

It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »

Ready, set, compete! Why we’re reaching out across regions

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.

Moldova has talent- and MiLab knows how to use it!

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Republic of Moldova, I saw my central role as helping the country accelerate its development path to deliver concrete results for all parts of the population. The UN’s work focused on this goal at two levels: helping counterparts fast-track policy reforms, and enabling institutions to respond… Read more »

How is UNDP in Cyprus building up?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Peace and security Social innovation

Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up? Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge. She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century. Her experience left a profound impression; and on her… Read more »

Dodging dystopia: Crowdsourced foresight in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences, and results. In the previous blog post, we talk about why… Read more »

What does it take? From resisting to embedding innovation

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

Colleagues of mine from MiLab recently shared our experience redesigning the material aid service in village of Ciuciuleni. Working in a local development programme aimed at improving governance in Moldova, I have the opportunity to interact directly with local authorities nearly every single day. This has helped me realize how they initially perceived social innovation: something related to… Read more »

Voices of Eurasia: Top 10 posts of 2014*

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Environment Gender equality Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »