Volunteering the future: A call to arms

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion Social innovation

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(Photo: Zaven Khachikyan/UNDP in Armenia)

How does volunteering make a difference?

These days, we are trying to do development differently: to partner with less usual suspects for outside insights, and tap into local energy and initiatives.

The ethos of volunteerism is exactly the same – it is not a supplement to the work we do; it is a natural component within it.

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Moldova’s innovation hub: Changing the way we police

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

It all started with the renovation of a police station in Chișinău.

The question: Why don’t we redesign the space from the perspective of both provider (police) and user (community)?

At that moment, neither we, nor our partners from the municipal police department, could have imagined what that would entail.

We soon realized that changing the dynamics of a space is more than just constructing a room and moving around some furniture.

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Dispatch from Montenegro: Step inside the MindLab

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

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Citizen solutions: Read our interview with tech entrepreneur Kostas Mallios (Photo: Igor Milić)

It’s not the ‘what’ but the ‘why’ that intrigues Kit Lykketoft.

As Deputy Director of MindLab Denmark, Kit’s work focuses on user involvement, cross-departmental cooperation, and innovation in the public sector.

We met up with her in Podgorica, where she was giving the keynote speech to the audience gathered for UNDP’s global Shift week of innovation Action.

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Shifting towards innovation: Turkey’s elderly care policies

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Filed under: Social innovation

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Global shift (clockwise): UNDP in Turkey‘s Itır Akdoğan, Trudy-Ann James Linton of Jamaica’s Ministry of Finance, and Deniz Geçim of TEPAV

In Turkey, more than one in six seniors lives in poverty.

For women, it’s even worse, a staggering 62 percent have little to no income.

According to national statistics, the proportion of the elderly population (65 years and over) was 7.7 percent in 2013. This figure is expected to rise to 10.2 percent in 2023, and 20.8 percent by 2050.

Now is clearly the time to think about a rapid change in our elderly care policies.

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Taking a new look: Unleashing DIY culture in Uzbekistan


Filed under: Development Social innovation

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[Ed. note: This was first of the three winning projects of UNDP’s regional Scaling Up Fund. Each proposal was designed to deliberately move away from more conventional ways of scaling (‘going big’) to a more adaptive approach (running multiple experiments and enhancing existing dynamics in the communities, as opposed to creating something new)] (Photos: Temur Ziadinov)

I recently came to Istanbul to learn more about scaling up a project framed around empowering young people (specifically those living with disabilities) in Uzbekistan.

My goal is to engage more young people in decision-making processes – to take the future into their own hands.

This experimental approach to scaling up got me to take a new look at the issues.

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Youth unemployment: The foresighting experience in Kosovo*

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

In Kosovo, we’re looking ahead – and to do that we are using Futurescaper.

We’re using this innovative platform for three key reasons:

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Lesson learned: Why you should always bring a new donor to the field


Filed under: Development

During the difficult events that befell Kyrgyzstan in 2010, the Russian Federation was one of the first donors to support Kyrgyzstan.

The Russian Federation made a major donation to UNDP in Kyrgyzstan without any conditions or strings.

It was very much appreciated.

However, two years later, when we approached them with development project in the Naryn area, it was an entirely new story.

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Computer games and peacebuilding ‘Meetup’ in Georgia


Filed under: Guest posts Social innovation

undp-rbec-georgia-buildpeace-app>> See more pictures from Georgia’s Social Good Summit Meetup

As part of this year’s Social Good Summit, UNDP in Georgia joined forces with Elva Community engagement to host a Meetup to look at the intersection of gaming and peacebuilding.

As described in their recent post, the team has been hard at work developing a game aiming to connect Abkhaz and Georgian youth “from across the dividing lines.”

In order to bolster the project, they also wanted to host a discussion about some of the implications when gaming for peace.

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Advancing richness: The Roma Report


Filed under: Development Poverty Roma Social inclusion

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“The basic purpose of development is to enlarge people’s choices” – Mahbub ul Haq, founder of the Human Development Report (Photo: Samir Delic)

On 29-30 September, I attended the 27th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in Sarajevo.

The main question was this:

What has changed since the “Roma Decade” began in 2005?

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