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 »
Posts Categorized: Social innovation
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 »
Larga is one of the 60 communities that UNDP in Moldova is supporting to become a model of democratic local governance. For us, this means finding ways to get citizens engaged in local affairs, a major challenge in rural communities in Moldova. One way that we’ve tried to intervene is in challenging our mayors to… Read more »
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 »
You know how most workshops go. You write on post-its or a printed booklet. You break into small groups or engage in some world-café-style discussions. You are present, attentive, and engaged… for at least the first hour or so. Then it strikes.
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
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.