From one woman police officer to many: Notes from Sivas

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Filed under: Gender equality Peace and security Social inclusion

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Verica Golijanin speaks with young Afghan women after the training. Photo Credit: JICA

I was recently invited to Turkey to give a lecture about women police officers in South East Europe.

The lecture was to be delivered during a workshop organized for young Afghan women studying at a police officer training programme at the Police Academy in Sivas.

As I watched the hall fill up with young female cadets, I felt a great honour and responsibility but also hope that my speech was able to offer at least some encouragement to them in their efforts to become professional providers of policing services in Afghanistan.

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Ready for post-2015? A place to start in Moldova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

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Every beginning is difficult: Read the authors’ first post on the Futurescaper experiment

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?

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Measuring peace: What’s the score?

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Filed under: Peace and security Social innovation

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A new tool from Cyprus helps measure social cohesion in post-conflict settings.

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.

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Ready to scale: Five curious mayors and 50,000 metres of space

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

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Milijana Asanin presents details of one of the municipality locations at the launch

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 part of the biggest-ever social innovation challenge – and it’s taking place in Montenegro as we speak!

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My Municipality: A super tool for local development

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Filed under: Development Governance Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

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Taking inclusivity to new levels in fYR Macedonia (Photo: Viktor Nikolovski)

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 clicks— identify the development issues and policies that matter most.

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From Tajikistan with love: The “handywomen” diaries

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Filed under: Central Asia Environment Gender equality Poverty

>> Download the DIY manual and build the solar heating system yourself!

Recently, I blogged about setting up solar water heaters as potential business opportunities for women in Tajikistan.

Today, I’m happy to follow up the story on the ground with the resourceful women of Jilikul, a tiny village near the border of Afghanistan.

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You’ve got mail: One Moldovan mayor’s new slogan

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Filed under: Central Asia Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

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The mayor of the Larga communie is trying alternative ways of reaching to his constituency. (Photos: UNDP in Moldova)

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 increase transparency in their work – and to improve communication with their citizens.

For the Larga mayor, Radu Urecheanu, this challenge presented an opportunity to try something different.

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A Call to Action: Stop “Bride Kidnapping”

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Filed under: Central Asia Gender equality Human rights

One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”.

Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual.

Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees to marry her kidnapper.

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Inequalities in transition economies: The good, the bad, and the ugly

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Filed under: Development

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You’ve got to ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” When it comes to inequality, is it just a matter of luck?

Are different forms of inequalities always and equally objectionable?

This was one of the key questions put forward at the recent Dialogue in Inequalities I ran in Istanbul last month. It is my contention that not all inequalities are created equal.

Instead, inequalities may be “good”, “bad”, or “ugly” – and sometimes more than one at the same time.

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Finding a job’s a full-time job: Dispatch from Moldova’s SYSLAB

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

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One of the programme’s participants (Photos: Cristina Lisii)

I recently had a chance to check out one of the SYSLAB Centres in Moldova.

SYSLAB works with people who have been unemployed for a long term, returning immigrants, and recent graduates who may lack relevant work experience.

It may seem simple at first glance, but I’ve found that what SYSLAB actually offers is a lot more than just your average training session.

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