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 »

A journey with a map: Service redesign in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

The notion that good service is a service co-designed with the user is not news. However, for many in Moldova, a majority of public services in Moldova remain totally bureaucratic and alien. In an attempt to change this, MiLab is working alongside colleagues form UNDP’s Local Development Programme to help local authorities in the village of Ciuciuleni… Read more »

MiLab meets MindLab: Redesigning public services in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Guest posts Social innovation

I find nothing more interesting in my work in the public sector than pioneering a new approach to an old problem. In 2014, UNDP in Moldova and Moldova e-Government Center jointly launched the Moldova Social Innovation Hub – or “MiLab” for short. We also initiated our first project – a pilot focusing on applying design… Read more »

Opening data in Kosovo*: The curious case of Gjakova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »

Climate change challenge: #ОдТебеЗависи

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Filed under: Climate change Environment Social innovation

Calling on all citizens to come up with smart and innovative proposals on how they can contribute to combating climate change  The impact of climate change is more and more evident at both global and national levels. Every country faces major challenges to achieve greater resilience to climate change, and fYR Macedonia is no exception.