Foresight at the forefront: Examples in action


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

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What is the future of citizen engagement in government? Take our survey and tell us what you think (Photo: Garrett Gill)

So now that you’ve read my best-of-foresight reading list, aren’t you curious to see how all of this is actually being applied to the development context?

Well then, look no further!

As we get ever closer to #UNDP4Future on 16-17 June in Istanbul, I’ve made a list projects putting foresight at the forefront:

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Georgia on my mind: New approaches to governance

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion

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Our recent Diplohack innovation challenge engaged citizens of all ages to find creative ways of interacting with the government

All around the world, we are seeing fundamental changes in the meaning of governance and ‘networked democracy‘ – particularly in the shifting role of citizens, from passive consumers of government services to active participants.

This is also having a major impact on the way public services are designed and delivered.

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Game changer: Five things we learned playing Youth@Work in Moldova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Winners of the Youth at Work game in Moldova (photo credit UNDP in Moldova)

The winner’s circle: Read more about why we decided to use gaming for employment in Moldova

The three exciting weeks of playing Youth@Work on Community PlanIt are over. The awards have found their winners and we are in the process of analyzing the results.

We at UNDP, the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and National Council of Youth from Moldova, have been hard at work for the past five months, designing and implementing this exciting project.

While a more comprehensive analysis is forthcoming, we are eager to share five things we learned from the project thus far.

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#UNDP4Future: The essential foresight reading list


Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

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Noah Raford: “Classical strategic planning is based upon the assumption of a slowly changing future. That assumption is wrong.”

In preparing for the upcoming research and development event, Foresight for Development – Shaping the New Future, one of my tasks was to compile an essential reading list for the participants.

This is easier said than done. There are gigabytes and terabytes of publications, books, and blogs out there. How was I to synthesize all of this into just two pages?

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Getting together: Swiss and Kosovar students share ideas on e-governance


Filed under: Development Governance Social inclusion

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“If you as a citizen feel that public space has been intruded on, you have the right to react against it.” (Photos: Gjergj Filipaj)

It´s two in the afternoon and the conference room is packed.

It might be dismal and rainy outside but inside the room is buzzing with energy and bright ideas.

Over 40 young men and women – including 12 Swiss students – have come to listen and join the discussion on e-governance.

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Doing development differently: Social innovation in fYR Macedonia


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

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Check us out: Read how we’re bringing all sorts of people together to share ideas and explore new solutions

It’s been six months since we helped launch the first Social Innovation Hub in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a mission to make the most of technology in tackling social challenges and advancing human development.

The Hub already has a reputation for being ‘the place where all the magic happens’.

And rightly so: In a very short time period, we’ve tested and prototyped over ten exciting ideas - some of which turned out to be real game-changers.

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What is human development? An animated look at Kosovo*

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Filed under: Development Governance Social inclusion

Kosovo has maintained a steady 15 years of peace and stability and is now in the midst of further development.

However, a great deal of work remains in getting politicians in charge to support evidence-based policymaking: Its implementation is crucial for Kosovo and its aspirations to join the European Union in the future.

But how do we get the policymakers behind this?

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Open budgets: Scratching an itch in Ukraine


Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

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Open minds on open data: Read how we’re engaging in the open data debate

Why would you want the budget of your city to be open?

What does the community really want? Do all those numbers and terms really even mean anything to the average citizen?

We at UNDP in Ukraine and Internews wanted some answers.

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The crowdfunding dos and don’ts: How sustainability begins

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation


Read more about how crowdfunding helped us go green in this Croatian elementary school

Since launching last year’s campaign on Indiegogo, we understand a lot more about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to crowdfunding for social good.

One of the first major lessons we learned came from conducting an in-depth review of existing crowdfunding platforms.

This review was formative in helping us figure out exactly what we needed to do to achieve our goal of raising the funds needed to put Ostrog Primary School on the path to energy independence.

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