Disasters cross borders. So should the prevention


Filed under: Central Asia Climate change Disaster response


(Photo: MSDSP Kyrgyzstan)

Every year, rivers in Central Asia flood, causing enormous damage to houses, infrastructure, and economies across the region’s intricate borders.

And each year of flooding comes as a stark reminder of Central Asian countries’ major vulnerability to natural disasters, and their deep interconnectedness.

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Human rights in review: Snapshots from the region

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Filed under: Development Human rights and rule of law


(Photo: UNDP in Kyrgyzstan)

Today, as the world celebrates Human Rights Day, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is launching a year-long campaign to bring awareness of everyone’s human rights.

As the UN Secretary-General stated, “Today we reaffirm our commitment to protecting human rights as the foundation of our work.”

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Employed or unemployed? The line is more blurry than you might think


Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion


Informal work is a common sight in Turkey (Photos: Benedikt Hošek)

A recent update of a major international labour market database has been released.

But what does it really tell us about labour market inequalities in Europe and Central Asia?

In my research on labour market inequalities, I have experienced the same difficulty described in other recent blog posts: When applied to Europe and Central Asia, standard indicators just do not seem to offer a real picture of what‘s happening on the ground.

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Let’s play some leapfrog with the #UNDPCrowd

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


Talking in tongues: Read our previous post on crypto currencies and breaking blockchains

Leapfrogging is a powerful concept.

We have seen people leapfrog over traditional energy grids straight to off-grid solar energy production. We’ve seen them breeze past old landlines straight to smart phones.

We’re now seeing something similar in the finance sector: citizens are leapfrogging over traditional banking services in favour of direct contact with suppliers and customers.

Last week we wrote about various ways in which this is happening around the world.

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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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