Ready, set, compete! Why we’re reaching out across regions

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

UN Provides Water to Community of Displaced in South Darfur

A better way? How can we improve water delivery services in communities (Photo: Albert González Farran/UNAMID)

Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference.

The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding.

We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.

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Help me help you: A DIY dispatch from Uzbekistan


Filed under: Central Asia Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion

DIY in action!

“The DIY process gives community members a hands-on means of resolving their problems”

These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour.

According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion.

I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold here in Tashkent.

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Moldova has talent- and MiLab knows how to use it!


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

nicola harrington in moldova

Check out our previous blogs on how MiLab is helping Moldova embed innovation

As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Republic of Moldova, I saw my central role as helping the country accelerate its development path to deliver concrete results for all parts of the population.

The UN’s work focused on this goal at two levels: helping counterparts fast-track policy reforms, and enabling institutions to respond better to development challenges.

The UN’s presence in nearly 400 communities, gave invaluable insights into how many Moldovans live, whilst Moldova’s highly active participation in the national Post-2015 consultations showed clearly how they wish to live.

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How is UNDP in Cyprus building up?


Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Peace and security Social innovation

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One of the many Mahallae workshops held in 2014 to support innovation for social good

Why has UNDP-ACT decided to build up?

Last year, my colleague Nilgun Arif was lucky enough to attend Build Peace in Cambridge.

She spent two full days among 250 fellow peacebuilders, activists, social innovators, and academics discussing how technology can be used to build peace in the 21st century.

Her experience left a profound impression; and on her return. we set about harnessing this energy.

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Dodging dystopia: Crowdsourced foresight in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

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How are you trying to dodge dystopia in your community?

At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight.

We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes.

This blog is the second in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences, and results. In the previous blog post, we talk about why we chose Futurescaper.

We wanted to share our experiences here.

Our ambition was to create a sample map of the future of Armenia as imagined by Armenians.

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You may ask yourself, how did I get here? Let’s #TalkInequality


Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

Just how bad is global inequality today?

Upon the launch of UNDP’s Humanity Divided report last year, Helen Clark noted that the richest eight per cent of the world’s population earns half of the world’s total income. She continued:

Not only do 1.2 billion people continue to live on under US $1.25 dollars a day, but inequalities in income and wealth are often compounded by inequalities in access to power, and disparities in health and education.

Reports like these beckon questions. They also demand answers.

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What does it take? From resisting to embedding innovation


Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation


The Mayor of Cicuciuleni presents his vision of the redesigned service

Colleagues of mine from MiLab recently shared our experience redesigning the material aid service in village of Ciuciuleni.

Working in a local development programme aimed at improving governance in Moldova, I have the opportunity to interact directly with local authorities nearly every single day.

This has helped me realize how they initially perceived social innovation: something related to high tech and, thus, not applicable to solving social issues.

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One step at a time: Why Moldova came to Cyprus

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Filed under: Development Peace and security

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The secret of Cypriot cooperation? Tiny, patient, measured, and technical steps (Photo: Natalia Costas/UNDP in Moldova)

Last year Cyprus was chosen by UNDP colleagues in Moldova for two study visits by representatives of local authorities, civil society, and the business community.

They picked Cyprus because of its long history of bi-communal cooperation.

Nonetheless, this choice still took us, and our partners, by surprise.

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Drop, cover, and hold on: Earthquake training in Turkey


Filed under: Development Disaster response

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On shaky ground: The author tries to survive the earthquake simulator in Istanbul

Turkey has 56 earthquakes a day.

Fortunately, most are only felt by extremely fine-tuned seismic sensors.

Scientists predict that Istanbul, which sits on the Anatolian fault line, is due for a major earthquake in the next 30 – 50 years.

That big one could kill or injure tens of thousands of people.

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More men, more corruption?

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development

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Deputy Chief State Prosecutor, Laura Pula and Kosovo Mayor, Shpend Ahmeti join UNDP to discuss how corruption affects the civil service

In December, we launched a survey report shedding new light on how corruption affects women and men in civil service in Kosovo*.

We were struck by one of the key results: the positive correlation between higher representation of men in decision-making institutions and higher levels of corruption.

Are women just less corrupt than men? 

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