If his past work is any guide, Professor Chang will argue that poverty reduction efforts should focus on industrial transformation, and the role of the state.
For over five years, I have been working for access to essential medicines.
I have always been amazed to see how it is the poor countries that often must pay the most when it comes to keep their citizens healthy.
Consider antiretrovirals – these live-saving medications are crucial for keeping HIV a chronic and treatable condition.
Cypriots today are rediscovering their unity around a shared cultural heritage; however, this hasn’t always been the case.
How did this shift happen?
While it comes to climate change, getting citizens engaged in their communities is crucial.
To tap into this natural pool of talent, UNDP in fYR Macedonia launched a nationwide campaign last December, inviting members of the public to submit their own innovative proposals for tackling climate change.
We received over 130 ideas – and ten of the best were shortlisted for further development.
Last year, at Moldova’s innovation lab, we decided to experiment with a new tool aimed at reforming education.
Along with the Ministry of Education and participating citizens, we launched an online platform open challenge asking Moldovans a simple question:
Justice is often symbolized as a blindfolded woman holding a scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
I believe this symbol contributes to the ongoing perception that justice is closely linked with coercion.
In line with global efforts to ensure access to justice, I would like to suggest looking for a new symbol that can better convey these principles.
The sustainable development goals have yet to be adopted; however, the first signs of changes in the way we work are already there.
Here are five reflections on what we’ve learned so far in Moldova:
A good idea is like a coconut.
We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless.
At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array of peculiar tools: graphic designers, web designers, mobile app developers, web developers – not to mention a range of experts in everything from disaster risk reduction to crowd funding.
Meet Ded (Grandpa) Trofim.
He lives in a small village in the middle of Belarus where he enjoys the slow, quiet life of the countryside. Here he grows vegetables and takes care of farm’s numerous inhabitants: brightly colored chickens, a friendly trio of geese, a cow named Zorka, and two potbellied pigs.
Close your eyes and picture an entrepreneur. What comes to your mind?
Most likely a shiny suit running around big buildings in the big city.
Yes – historically the funds, networks and markets for entrepreneurs have been in big cities, trying new ideas and initiatives.
But local wisdom says it’s time for a shift. And here’s why.