Working in communications for UNDP, I’m always looking for new ways to tell the development story.
Towards the end of the 13th century, Wenceslaus II, the King of Bohemia and Poland, decided that monetary reform was needed.
He invited Italian lawyers and bankers to carry it out and help draft a new law. The resultant “Prague Groschen” became one of Europe’s strongest currencies – the “Euro” of the Middle Ages.
The Czech Republic has a history of learning from her neighbours.
The first thing you notice when talking to victims of domestic violence is the fear.
It’s a kind of fear that overcomes the listener.
And yet, this fear can also drive women to punish perpetrators.
In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings.
Initially, our question was:
What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government?
Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of the role of community councils, and the lack of a support network.
But upon taking a closer look, we saw that we may be limiting our impact by targeting a very narrow demographic: women interested in having a political career.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a stark reminder that more needs to be done to address gender-based violence.
Given the prevalence and persistence of gender-based violence across the globe, it is necessary to not only intensify efforts – but also to examine approaches and strive to find more effective solutions with the people we work for.
In UNDP, we explore innovations using a multi-sectoral approach to prevent violence against women.
Today is the International Day of Violence against Women. It is a day of solidarity with the millions of women worldwide who suffer this most pervasive violation of human rights.
Throughout the world, one in three women is the target of violence from an intimate partner.
As the gender advisor for UNDP’s regional hub in Istanbul, I find this figure shocking.
Now, we want to look into the main challenges and impacts as seen by the participants in the survey we conducted using Futurescaper.
In the three weeks it was live, Futurescaper brought a new level of depth and responsiveness that we had never seen in Moldova.
The platform empowers participants, by literally putting them in the position of strategic analysts.
This is why we in the Mahallae team provide ongoing support and mentoring to our winning Challenges teams in designing and implementing successful social media and outreach strategies.
Yet we sometimes notice confusion and even resistance in our innovating teams towards social media, preventing them from being as good at “talking” as they are at “doing.”
I am wondering whether drawing parallels between Twitter and house parties can help demystify social media and even further encourage its use for working out loud.
The last time I visited UNDP in Kosovo* to learn about how they’re approaching innovation for development, I thought to myself:
“Hmmm, all this dynamism and energy, they must be putting on a show for me so I write quite the flattering blog post when I get back to Egypt.”
This time around – my second visit to Pristina in less than six months – I realized the truth:
This office pretty much lives and breathes innovation.
Simon Ruda is a leading international expert in applying behavioural insights to public policy.
He heads the international development section of the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team: “a social purpose company using behavioural insights to support social purpose goals.”