Ukraine: Mobilizing tech activists for human security


Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

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For Alexander Rybak, “The hackathon was not just an excellent opportunity to test my ideas, but also to share them with civic activists like me.”

“IT-mobilization – National Human Security Hackathon on April 4-5″

I recently received that cryptic text message on my mobile phone; though as a member of SocialBoost‘s network of civic IT activists perhaps I shouldn’t have been too shocked.

The same messages inviting people to join the first National Human Security Hackathon co-organized by UNDP in UkraineNational Security and Defense Council (NSDC), and the civic platform SocialBoost, were sent via social networks to over 835,000 people through VKontakte, 290,000 members of the EuroMaydan group on Facebook, and many more.

As a result, 5,200 unique visitors checked out the website in just one week, bringing us to 27,000 page views of the official hackathon website.

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Riding the edge: Guerrilla gardeners and female hacktivists build the future we want today


Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation


Edgeryders workshops: What happened? What came out of them? What’s next? (Photo credits: Sam Muirhead Edgeryders)

What happens when instead of asking people about the problems they are facing, you focus on looking at what is already being done to address them?

This is what we’re doing with the ‘Spot the Future’ initiative – instead of waiting for the Post-2015 world to come to us, we’re looking to find people who are creating the future they want today

So who are these future-makers and what are they up to?

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Georgia: Diplohackers Unite!


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

How can we open up the circle of decision-makers to include regular citizens? How can governments better respond to citizens’ concerns? How can people and decision-makers cooperate for a better future in the coming decade?

These were just some of the pointed questions raised by young Georgians during Post-2015 national consultations held in Georgia last year.

It is in this spirit that we at UNDP in Georgia have decided to host the first ever Diplohack on 24-26 April in Tbilisi.

Wait…a diplo-what?

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Scaling: An ideal solution is one that’s always changing?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

On our journey to explore how principles from evolution and other sciences can help us redefine a concept of ‘scaling up’ in development, we came across this simple yet extremely effective visualization of how species evolve (HT @hereissimone).

What do you reckon:

Could you see the “story” of development projects been told this way for the benefit of project managers and donors? Here’s one example of this idea in action.

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A ‘bad girl’ no longer: Tackling gender inequality in Azerbaijan

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Social inclusion

a young teacher with her new students in Sabaribad

Gunay Hasanli returned to her native Sabirabad to work as a teacher after finishing her university education

In Azerbaijan, especially in rural areas, there exists a very powerful term for women who don’t follow the rules: ‘pis giz’ – or bad girl.

For an Azerbaijani woman, being called a pis giz is more than just a gender slur. It can mean the total loss of respect in her community, ineligibility for marriage, and the end of a once-bright future.

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What do you actually do? How we’re showing – not just telling – in Uzbekistan

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Filed under: Development

If you wanted to learn more about UNDP’s strategy – the issues and how we’re tackling them – in a particular country, how would you go about doing it?

Look through the UNDP country office website? Read a bunch of reports?

What you’re probably looking for is something that cuts through the dense jargon, the endless acronyms, and the development doublespeak.

Sometimes getting the most basic information can be the hardest thing to find.

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The evolving finch fund: Two early insights on scaling…and lots of work still ahead!

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

salmon swimming up river

An upstream battle? Pacific Salmon sacrifice themselves so that their bodies can stimulate algae growth necessary to feed their spawn

It was great to get so many comments and reactions – both online and off – to our recent post on re-framing “scaling up” in development.

We also happily adopted the affectionate (or so we hope!) nickname of “finch fund” for our initiative, as coined by Duncan Green (with thanks!). Our aim is to ultimately come up with a set of criteria that can spur the growth of development innovation activities without falling into the “replication of best practice” or the ‘bigger, faster, cheaper’ trap.

In the spirit of working out loud, and as we gear up for our get-together later this month in New York City, we’d like to present a quick update on where we stand in our thinking.

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Being the change: Social innovation takes Serbia


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion

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Blogger Teo Taranis was one of 54 participants in last month’s social innovation workshop

Social innovation workshops are all about bringing together designers and software developers with citizen experts for realistic and need-driven solutions to the social problems they face.

In Serbia, we decided to take this idea to the people. Last month in the towns of Novi Pazar, Tutin and Nova Varos, we unveiled Serbia’s first ever social innovation workshop:

Be the change you want to see.

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The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia


Filed under: Gender equality Human rights Social inclusion

a woman driving a bus

Bus fair? Women earn 20.3 percent less than men throughout Europe and Central Asia

In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life.

2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be put in place. Civil society, governments and ordinary people are now hard at work discussing the priorities to be set for the post-2015 agenda.

So now is a good time to take a look at the development framework we have been following over the past two decades to see what we’ve achieved and what remains in the battle for gender equality.

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Come play! Getting youth back to work in Moldova

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Filed under: Development Social inclusion Social innovation

The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived!

The first-ever online game Youth@Work, which gives young people the chance to get involved in the development of their community, was launched in the Republic of Moldova.

Aimed at addressing unemployment among young people, the game involves youth, employers, and decision-makers in the Republic of Moldova who will debate issues related to unemployment, and together identify the most applicable solutions.

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