Our team helps colleagues develop the next generation of services for our national partners (primarily governments). What this means is that we spend quite a lot of time scouting the development and private sector for emerging trends and innovative solutions that can help deliver better results in the areas of governance, environment and poverty reduction, among others. We then adapt those solutions to our context and help colleagues test them out, following agile development principles. If they prove to be successful, we assist others in taking them up.
So the most important quality we will be looking for in our new team member is a great deal of curiosity, the ability to conduct independent research and build partnerships with external organizations. You can expect to be involved in very diverse projects ranging from applying complexity theory for better monitoring of results to challenges to solve intractable development problems, from political risk analysis based on big data to organizing social innovation events. And we hope you’ll push us to explore areas that we cannot even imagine right now, provided they bring tangible benefits to our partners. Read more »
There is no place for violence in a house where there is sport
Have you ever heard of kurash? No? Surprise surprise! Kurash is considered one of the most ancient wrestling sports that exist in the world. The exact age of this picturesque sport is not known, but it’s estimated to be at least a 3,500 year old tradition.
“Kurash” is an Uzbek word that means “achieving a goal by just means.” The technique, traditions, rules and philosophy of kurash were passed on from generation to generation, from fathers to children.
Over time, kurash became a favourite and valued tradition of nations who lived on the current territory of Uzbekistan. Kurash competitions were organized during festivities, weddings, and big bazaars.
The International Kurash Association was created back in 1998 and the first world championship of kurash took place in Uzbekistan in 1999. It quickly caught up – today the Association unites 117 national kurash federations in Asia, Europe, Pan America, Africa and Oceania, and the number of member states is growing every year.
Why would UNDP partner with the International Kurash Association and especially for advocating non-violence? Read more »
So often when I work on development projects data is in the centre of the discussions. ‘We do not really know this’, ‘We have no real evidence for this or that’. Most of the time, however, I have difficulties imagining what data looks like and what it actually can do. Millennia ago Star Trek found a solution. Here he is:
He is quite smart. Dressed impeccably. Most of all, he has this understanding look – almost human. According to Wikipedia he even became a sex symbol.
Data is good, solves any problem, draws logical conclusions and he’s infinitely faster than present day computers, seems almost right from the beginning, until Captain Kirk decides otherwise….
Although we often feel we do not have the data we need, we want a lot of it. It helps us come to terms with our actions, logically reason how our actions will lead to results, and with hindsight explain why things worked, or not.
Until not so long ago, data needed to be collected, analysed and subsequently translated into policy recommendations – the traditional time consuming and often tedious process. Read more »
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia, political leader from the region, and active international advisor, will speak about emerging donors, transition experience and the Eastern Partnership at the Kapuscinski development lecture in Tartu, Estonia on 27 November 2012.
Interactive games to help raise awareness about HIV prevention
Zebiniso Muhsinova is only 21. Nevertheless, she conducts her HIV awareness mini-sessions among schoolchildren with the confidence and flair of a prominent trainer.
“Active participation of young people, their eagerness to learn and protect themselves from HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and drug abuse are amazing. Practice shows that our students are generally aware of these issues; however they lack an in-depth understanding of their consequences, their impact on the human body, and how best to avoid them. I strive to fill these gaps, and feel truly rewarded by their reaction to my sessions.”
UNDP is working with the “Kamolot” Youth Movement – the largest youth organization in the country, with a wide network. They carry out activities all across the country to raise awareness on HIV prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, drug abuse and advocate for a healthy lifestyle. Read more »
UNAIDS released their annual report this week on the state of the global AIDS epidemic, and the media headlines were universally optimistic.
‘Ending AIDS’ is possible in our lifetime. Possible, yes. But we are not on pace for it quite yet. Indeed the achievements reported are real, and they’re saving millions of lives and promoting inclusive development throughout the world.
But at our current rate of progress we are unlikely to achieve the UNAIDS goals of zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero HIV-related stigma.
Here are three clear milestones to look for to know when the end is in sight. Read more »
Tomorrow, UNDP in Armenia will host Mardamej reload (in Armenian). Once again, this festival of co-creation is teaming up with Social Innovation Camp Ltd to deliver six projectsidentified, designed and implemented by volunteers.
The deadline for submissions closed last weekend and we had an even greater response than last year: 75 ideas!
As usual, the itch workshops were central to getting beyond the “usual suspects.” But this year, we didn’t deliver them all ourselves. Some of the participants from last year’s event volunteered to spread the Mardamej spirit.
With the extra time this freed up, we held a Creative Game (pdf) with civil society organizations (CSOs), the Government and the corporate social responsibility team from Orange Armenia. The event enabled us to think in detail about the issue of corruption with those that work at the coal-face of service delivery.
The Creative Game discussions were very abstract – and not entirely action-oriented. But I’ll reserve judgment until I receive the facilitator’s report. One positive outcome of the event is that we confirmed participants from the Ministries of Health, Education and Finance in the Social Innovation Camp.
“I guess I’m a bit of an information freak!” says Vasko Popovski, UNDP’s Project Manager for Disaster and Climate Risks, when asked how he came up with the idea for a nifty new app that’s set to revolutionize public access to data on dangerous events like earthquakes, floods and fires and potential hazards like violent thunderstorms and heavy snowfalls.
With a flick of his fingers Vasko scrolls through a dozen screens listing every dangerous event currently verified and recorded in the country—from floods to power station malfunctions and floods—with maps clearly detailing the exact locations of each event.
Clicking on a highlighted location brings up specific information about the status of the event and essential advice and information on how to deal with the danger, including emergency service numbers and links for alerting others to the problem.