Information overload, attention deficit and the risks of isolationism


Filed under: Development Peace and security


The Correspondent: Ernest Hemingway (centre) while reporting on the Spanish Civil War in 1937

At a time of escalating conflict globally, the demise of the venerable ‘foreign correspondent’ is ironic.

Many will argue that it was about time that the privileged and monopolistic world of the (mainly white male) foreign correspondent was blown open by a more inclusive, egalitarian media landscape.

The truth is that this broader shift in the way we “produce” and “consume” media also poses several challenges.

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Tour the world with our Crowdfunding Academy

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


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.

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Time does not stand still at DigiGjakova

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


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.

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What six easy snapshots can tell you about our changing climate


Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment


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.

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

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

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


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.

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Upgrading Watson

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Filed under: Development Peace and security

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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.

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


Filed under: Climate change Development Environment


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.

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Talking in tongues: From crypto currencies to breaking blockchains

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


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?

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