In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing… Read more »
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In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government? Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of… Read more »
In the last few decades, environmental sustainability has been recognized as a key part of development. It forms one of the Millennium Development Goals and dominates the post-2015 consultations. But let`s be honest: Economy-centred growth, with little regard for environmental impact, still dominates the development strategies of most countries.
When UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization. Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.
I have to say it’s been quite the journey. I don’t know if I’ve ever witnessed the exchange of so many new ideas, mindsets, and perceptions. It has been incredible to see firsthand the passion and drive of individuals who are putting everything they’ve got into making this world a better place. I used to… Read more »
In the ancient Japanese martial art of jujutsu, the attacker never uses full force; rather, he or she exploits the other party’s weakness. The attacker must understand the opponent, calculate their force, appreciate the strengths, and notice the shortcomings. Only then can each move be focused and truly effective.
The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples.
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.
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?
At last month’s ‘Spot the Future’ workshop in Cairo, I honestly had no idea what to expect. Conceived as part of a radical shift in thinking on our end, this initiative is looking at what people are already doing to make the future they want in their communities. We’re using this lens for the first time… Read more »