Frankly speaking, I had never given much thought to how and where my water comes from until I moved to Astana. The quality of water in Astana is far worse than in Almaty, where I came from, and suddenly water became an issue in my life. For instance, although tap water here is considered suitable… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Social innovation
Inspired by Cari Keller’s exciting coaching, we all agreed that ‘design thinking’ could be a powerful approach to tackling development problems. To spread our enthusiasm, we established the country’s first ever winter design thinking course*. Young people can benefit from adopting a fresh, design thinking approach. New start-ups tend to simply replicate ideas that have… Read more »
What’s the role of government in an era of distributed networks of citizens and a collaborative economy? No less a question was addressed earlier this month at an R&D event, hosted by UNDP’s regional innovation teams from Amman and Istanbul. First though, what do those concepts actually mean?
Leapfrogging is a powerful concept. We have seen people leapfrog over traditional energy grids straight to off-grid solar energy production. We’ve seen them breeze past old landlines straight to smart phones. We’re now seeing something similar in the finance sector: citizens are leapfrogging over traditional banking services in favour of direct contact with suppliers and… Read more »
Next week, we will gather in Istanbul alongside Crowdfunding Academy participants to discuss new and alternative ways to finance development. At UNDP in Croatia we are becoming more and more familiar with this topic, especially when it comes to crowdfunding.
After more than 36 hours of all-work/no-sleep, three minutes of rapid-fire presentations, and lots of qofte and qebapa from Gjakova’s finest eateries, DigiGjakova finally came to a close. The three teams that managed to blow the jury away were: Tropical, Krijoni XXL and DevFreaks.
In his blog, the Nonprofit Chronicles, Marc Gunther writes: How do feedback loops differ from conventional monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? One attendee told me that feedback loops are the equivalent of diagnosing and treating a disease; a conventional evaluation is more like an autopsy, and thus of limited value to the patient. This leads us… Read more »
Lately, the language of funding has gotten very strange. From equity-based crowfunding and person-to-person lending, to crypto currencies and mobile money; entirely new players are disrupting the field of financing for development and public policy. So, what does this alternative finance space look like? Who are the new players and what are they up to?
We tried it once, and it worked out pretty well. Thirteen teams have now successfully graduated from our Crowdfunding Academy. The first campaign debuted from the Academy – Lighten the Load of Syrian Mothers raised over 500 percent of its original target funding – with Taste of Home and STEMI are heading in the same direction.
You may wonder how can innovation in development can work for Yemen. Yemen is ranked 137 out of 141 in the 2015 Global Innovation Index, with a mobile subscription rate of 68 percent, and internet usage at just 23 percent in 2014. What I’ve learned, though, is that technology is not the heart of innovation; rather… Read more »