Tour the world with our Crowdfunding Academy

by and

Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

undp-rbec-fabula-croatia

Fabula Organic Pencil – See who else is participating in the Crowdfunding Academy

Next week, we will gather in Istanbul alongside Crowdfunding Academy participants to discuss new and alternative ways to finance development.

At UNDP in Croatia we are becoming more and more familiar with this topic, especially when it comes to crowdfunding.

Read more »

Time does not stand still at DigiGjakova

by and

Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

undp-rbec-gjakova-participants

Gjakova goes digital: Check out DigiGjakova’s awesome website (Photos: Samir Karahoda)

After more than 36 hours of all-work/no-sleep, three minutes of rapid-fire presentations, and lots of qofte and qebapa from Gjakova’s finest eateries, DigiGjakova finally came to a close.

The three teams that managed to blow the jury away were: Tropical, Krijoni XXL and DevFreaks.

Read more »

What six easy snapshots can tell you about our changing climate

by

Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment

undp-montenegro-snapshot

Snapshot of a Snapshot: The view from Montenegro. See the rest.

Today is the first day of COP21, and the stakes have never been higher.

It is hoped that these crucial talks will reach a deal to limit the warming of our planet to two degrees Celsius.

In his recent blog, my colleague Damiano Borgogno introduced the Global Support Programme, which was created because “ the technical information presented… is not easy to digest by policy makers and their outreach to the general population is weak.”

This is completely true.

Read more »

Diagnose and treat: Measuring a country’s pulse with social media

by , and

Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

vasko blog

Corruption: What’s your perception?

In his blog, the Nonprofit Chronicles, Marc Gunther writes:

How do feedback loops differ from conventional monitoring and evaluation (M&E)? One attendee told me that feedback loops are the equivalent of diagnosing and treating a disease; a conventional evaluation is more like an autopsy, and thus of limited value to the patient.

This leads us to our question in Tunisia:

Can info culled from big data help us monitor (read: diagnose and treat) in real-time the achievement of Global Goal 16 (read: the patient)?
Read more »

Want more – and better – jobs? Put women in charge

by

Filed under: Development Gender equality Poverty

Ludmila Abramciuc is the first woman in Moldova managing briquetting enterprise

I was recently in Tbilisi to participate in a conference that took stock of what we know about the challenges of job creation in the South Caucasus and Western CIS.

While researching gender inequalities in labour markets of these countries, I searched for evidence on how the challenge of job creation can be overcome without perpetuating gender inequalities in the region, and preferably, by reducing them.

Read more »

Upgrading Watson

by and

Filed under: Development Peace and security

seesac in action

Follow the bullet with our crime fighters in Pristina (Photos: UNDP SEESAC)

When it comes to real-life crime, if police and forensic agencies are the Sherlocks, their equipment is definitely the “Watson”.

It is the combination of the expert’s eye and the latest in crime-fighting tech that leads to the crucial “Aha!” moment.

Read more »

From Paris to your hometown: How climate action is going local

by

Filed under: Climate change Development Environment

composite2

Greener pastures ahead. Which scenario do you prefer? (Photos: UNDP in Costa Rica)

Over recent years, climate negotiations have gotten more and more complex.

With 193 countries bringing competing interests to the table, perhaps that’s not surprising.

So negotiators are taking a bottom-up approach, with individual countries coming to the table to declare what they are nationally prepared to do to advance internationally agreed upon goals.

Read more »

Talking in tongues: From crypto currencies to breaking blockchains

by and

Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

undp-rbec-innovation-bitcoin

Bitcoin accepted in a Dutch café in 2013 (Photo: Wikipedia)

Lately, the language of funding has gotten very strange.

From equity-based crowfunding and person-to-person lending, to crypto currencies and mobile money; entirely new players are disrupting the field of financing for development and public policy.

So, what does this alternative finance space look like? Who are the new players and what are they up to?

Read more »

With a little help from my friends: Crowdfunding Academy in Croatia

by and

Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


We tried it once, and it worked out pretty well.

Thirteen teams have now successfully graduated from our Crowdfunding Academy.

The first campaign debuted from the Academy – Lighten the Load of Syrian Mothers raised over 500 percent of its original target funding – with Taste of Home and STEMI are heading in the same direction.

Read more »