South Eastern Europe in review: Where citizens are the experts

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Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Social innovation

Whenever I discuss the governance challenges in South Eastern Europe, the discussion quickly boils down to one issue: (anti) corruption. At the recently organized SELDI policy advocacy workshop, we went back to the basic principles of “good governance.” This opened up a wider debate indicating that now may be the time to both reframe the… Read more »

Hunting black swans in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.

Reflecting on futures and development: Five thoughts from Istanbul

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

What is the connection between foresight and development? How can foresight be used to improve development practices? What new participatory platforms are relevant for those working in international development? These were the main questions driving this month’s research and development workshop in Istanbul where I was honoured to be both presenter and participant.

Volatility and the ‘new normal’: A discussion with Helen Clark

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

Last week, at the International Development Conference for South-South Cooperation, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with my boss: former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Forbes Magazine’s 23rd most powerful woman in the world, and (to my delight) Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan fan, Helen Clark. Ms. Clark is presiding over the… Read more »

Getting a handle on it: Twitter and disaster relief in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation

As the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has shown, social media has a vital role to play in spreading information during natural and human-made disasters. Twitter is a great example of a platform that can quickly deliver vital information to a vast number of people. So Igor Miskovski of the… Read more »

Why troublemakers should work together: Ten thoughts on innovation and gender equality

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Gender equality Guest posts Social innovation

Pushing innovation and working for gender equality are a natural fit. Both necessitate the combination of causing trouble, looking at internal mechanisms, and working with non-traditional partners. Moreover, both have transformational potential. Inspired by UNDP’s current innovation agenda and Giulio Quaggiotto’s Development 2.0 Manifesto, we formulated some principles on innovation and gender equality.