Where Build Peace 2014 aimed to demonstrate the potential of using technology for peacebuilding in terms of ‘breadth’ of initiatives and ideas, Build Peace 2015 will begin to examine issues of ‘depth’ – how the use of technology is resulting in the creation of alternative infrastructures for peace.
Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event.
I also got the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with like-minded representatives of some key health organizations from around the world.
When UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization.
Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.
The strawberry fields in the Sason district provide employment to roughly 350 families. They are the lifeblood of the tiny, rural village of Yeniköy.
They are also the namesake of their newly constructed primary school.
Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled.
It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach.
Here’s how we see its relevance in the Moldova context, where we’ve spent last couple of years trying to understand underlying trends in human development.
The Rioni River basin in Georgia is becoming more and more susceptible to extreme climate events.
Floods, landslides, and mud torrents are increasing in both intensity and frequency, causing extensive damage to agriculture, forests, roads, and communications infrastructure.
More than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land has fallen out of use in the past decade due to hydro-meteorological disasters.
This is all the more painful for a country where the size of an average plot of land is a mere 0.14 hectares per person.
Tajikistan’s mountainous landscape is certainly beautiful, but it’s also difficult to cultivate: only seven percent of the land is suitable for economic use.
Nevertheless, agriculture remains the backbone of the economy, and the poor in particular depend on it for their livelihoods.
A year ago, we received seed funding from the Czech-UNDP Trust Fund for an innovative agricultural project.
Today, we’re testing hydroponics alongside the conventional methods of growing vegetables in order to figure out which one yields more.
I have to say it’s been quite the journey.
I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed the exchange of so many new ideas, mindsets, and perceptions.
It has been incredible to see firsthand the passion and drive of individuals who are putting everything they’ve got into making this world a better place.
I used to always read about exciting grassroots initiatives and I would think to myself:
“How could I ever pull something like this off?”
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 issue and bring in some new approaches.