Moldova: Small country, big data?


Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation


Most people don’t know a lot about Moldova.

One prominent story to make international news recently, was a widespread scandal involving the theft of US $1 billion from three of the country’s leading banks.

Thus, few might realize that the small country between Romania and Ukraine also happens to be at the forefront of the data revolution – having moved towards open data at a much faster pace than any of its neighbours.

It’s been only five years since Moldova began to take steps towards reforming its public service.

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Call for applications: Corruption fighters, time to ACT up!


Filed under: Anticorruption


The author (left) with anti-corruption experts from three continents learning about ACTing at the local level in Vienna last month

Working with local authorities can be frustrating.

Anti-corruption activists often find the reforms they support undermined by administrative inefficiency and encumbered by bureaucratic malaise.

Municipalities are easily overtaken by corrupt systems. Citizens do not get access to basic services and businesses operate in a predatory environment.

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Unexpected connections: Interning with UNDP


Filed under: Other HIV Guest posts

"I have been fortunate to be surrounded by a truly eclectic group."  The author and her fellow interns at work  (Photo: H.I. Cagatay Ozdemir)

“I have been fortunate to be surrounded by a truly eclectic group.” The author and her fellow interns at work (Photo: H.I. Cagatay Ozdemir)

Since my first day at the Istanbul Regional Hub, many people have been struck that I came all the way from Canada for an internship.

What was a Canadian student like me going to pull from an experience in Istanbul?

What people do not perhaps realize from a first glance is that this opportunity did in fact provide many unique and crucial connections for my professional development. And after discussing with my fellow interns, I see that I am not the only one who found such unexpected connections.

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Next stop Athens: Kyrgyz agro-innovations on the move

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Filed under: Development Social innovation

Tilek Toktogaziev, the winner of Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition

Tilek Toktogaziev, the winner of Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition (Photo: Limon.KG Internet publication)

Congratulations! Kyrgyzstan’s trip to the future continues in Greece.

Do you remember our first blog about the Future Agro Challenge contest in Bishkek?

Kyrgyzstan’s inaugural Future Agro Challenge Kyrgyzstan 2015 competition culminated with a bang on 21 June. UNDP in Kyrgyzstan and KG Labs embarked on the very first steps in bringing together thought leaders and experts in Kyrgyzstan’s agricultural sector under one roof to discuss Central Asian agricultural innovations.

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About Roma by Roma: Micronarratives research in Serbia

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Filed under: Poverty Social inclusion Human rights and rule of law Social innovation


Micronarratives everywhere! See our post on how we’re using them in Tajikistan

With the Decade of Roma Inclusion nearing its end, what do Roma themselves have to say about  education, employment, housing and discrimination?

How do we get not only reliable data, but also insights into real needs?

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Tajikistan: Can re-inventing the wheel be innovative?


Filed under: Development 2.0 Central Asia Social innovation


What prevents women from owning businesses in Tajikistan? (Photo: Aid for Trade project)

Story collection through micronarratives is not a new method for UNDP.

It has been used to collect data on employment in Kyrgyzstan, to better understand Roma needs in Serbia, and working with youth in Georgia, to just to name a few.

But never has it been tried and tested in Tajikistan, until now!

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Breaking the silence in Kosovo*: If not now, when?


Filed under: Gender equality Social inclusion Peace and security


A new tribute in Pristina, aptly named “Thinking of You”, displays thousands of dresses hung up on washing lines symbolizing the hidden and silent survivors of sexual violence. Photo: Visar Kryeziu / Associated Press.

This month marked the 16th year anniversary of the conflict in Kosovo, but the silence on the sexual violence that took place has yet to be broken.

The topic itself is still a social taboo. Rape is treated as though it were a death sentence and those who have experienced sexual violence are often shunned and discriminated against by their families, spouses, and communities.

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A school powered by the sun: Shining example from Croatia

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Filed under: Environment Social inclusion Development 2.0 Social innovation

A group of students around a table

A new academy in Croatia is teaching the tricks of the trade when it comes to crowdfunding.

We all want the best for our children. A good school is often at the top of that list.

Unfortunately, for many schools in Croatia today, the high cost of energy bills poses a challenge.

The Ostrog Primary School, located in sunny Dalmatia, is changing that narrative.  A 25 kW solar energy plant, mounted on the roof of the school, helps it to produce all the energy it needs.

And the best part? It happened without state support or any burden on the tiny school budget.

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8 ways to make innovation the norm in a UNDP Country Office

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Filed under: Development 2.0

"I want you to innovate"

We at UNDP in Armenia recently invited the brilliant folks over at Futuregov to come to Yerevan and see if they could quantify the progress in our own innovation work to date.

They made an assessment of the work of our innovation lab Kolba, and gave us recommendations to help us expand the innovation mind-set throughout the office.

We hope that sharing some of the highlights may help those of you on a similar journey.

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