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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There’s an app for that: Fostering transparency in Ukraine


Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

In Ukraine, people are dissatisfied with the quality of the public services provided by local authorities.

The difficulties faced when accessing public services are many: complicated procedures, long queues, inconvenient office hours, and lack of comprehensive and relevant information, to name just a few.

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Open minds on open data: Insights from Dublin


Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Social inclusion Social innovation


A slide from Rusudan Mikhelidze’s presentation, “Open data in Georgia: Challenges and way forward”

Open data was one of the most hotly debated topics at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Europe regional meeting held in Dublin last week.

The discussion focused on the necessity of creating incentive structures for both citizens and businesses to support open data, especially in regards to enhancing public services and driving growth.

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The only power needed is brainpower: Istanbul conference on sustainable energy solutions


Filed under: Central Asia Climate change Environment

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Read more on why now’s a good time to be talking about renewable energy in Turkey

Yesterday’s sustainable energy regional conference in Istanbul had people feeling, for lack of a better word, energized.

We organized the event alongside colleagues from the Islamic Development Bank and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. Robust discussions and keen insights from speakers and the nearly 200 participants made for a fascinating and thought-provoking first day.

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Awareness is key: Human rights in Armenia


Filed under: Governance Human rights Social inclusion Social innovation


Meet Liana: In addition to working as a a lawyer and running her own NGO, Liana is also an active member of the #futurespotters campaign in Armenia

The Human Rights Lab (HuRiLab) Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for young people in Europe and Central Asia with a passion for human rights to put their ideas into action.

The concept behind HuRiLab is simple: Engage more people in addressing the challenges posed by discrimination and marginalization.

But how does it apply to the fellowships?

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Dashboard: Greater transparency brings greater participation in fYR Macedonia


Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

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For Mayor Ivan Frangov, Dashboard represents “a great breakthrough in the transparency and accountability of local administration.”

One of the most interesting issues we’re working on in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia right now is finding new ways to encourage citizen participation in local governance. Access to information is key:

“Before, most people outside the administration found it quite difficult to access and understand a lot of information about the key functions of the municipality,” says Risto Atanasovski of the local NGO Foundation for Local and IT Development in Gevgelija. “This was especially the case for environmental protection and communal services. But now with this new IT tool, Dashboard, all this information is available at a glance in a highly user-friendly and interactive format. This is a major step towards greater transparency and citizen participation in local government.

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Futurescaper: The unemployment question in Kosovo*

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Poverty Social innovation

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The unemployment rate for people between the ages of 15-24 is 60.2 percent in Kosovo. This video shows one way UNDP in Kosovo is working to change that

Youth unemployment is on the rise. This “generation at risk” now consists of 73 million unemployed young men and women worldwide.

With the global unemployment rate at an estimated 12.6 percent18 percent for young adults – the outlook for much of Europe and Central Asia is even grimmer.

The reality is worse in Kosovo where the overall unemployment rate is a staggering 35.1 percent and where eight out of ten people under 25 cannot find a job.

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Kyrgyzstan: Paddling in sync


Filed under: Development Peace and security Social inclusion

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Unity Day guests visited one of the local schools where the students dressed up in outfits reflecting Kyrgyzstan’s cultural diversity. Read about how we’re working with young people to build the future they want today

I recently attended a festive ‘Unity Day’ celebration in Uzgen, a city in southern Kyrgyzstan. The event was organized to promote inter-ethnic peace as a foundation of statehood.

The selection of Uzgen as host-city was itself symbolic, as it managed to withstand a wave of inter-ethnic violence that shook Kyrgyzstan in 2010. Uzgen was one of the epicentres of a similar conflict in 1990, and many feared the same violence would erupt in this city again, 20 years later.

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HIV: Living behind a disguise


Filed under: Health HIV Social inclusion

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According to UNAIDS, an estimated 30,000 are living with HIV in Uzbekistan

In many ways Sherzhod is the face of Uzbekistan’s younger generation.

He is a tech-savvy 22-year-old with big plans for the future, ideally with a career in medicine. 

Like many of his peers in Uzbekistan, he wants to get married and start a family, but for now his goal is to pursue his career and try to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

But he is also living with a virus.

Sherzhod (not his real name) is one of approximately 30,000 Uzbek people who are HIV-positive.

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