Nostalgia for the Soviet (or Yugoslav) economic systems is often encountered in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Many of the reasons for this—security, stability, an absence of armed conflict—are not hard to understand. However, many people from these regions—including those who approve of the changes that took hold in the 1990s—also seem to miss the… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Armenia
Temperatures around the world are rising. The average increase globally stands at 0.850C but in Armenia, that figure is higher still – 1.10C. Rainfall and other precipitation have also gone down in Armenia by 10% between 1935 and 2012. According to a study by the World Bank, Armenia, out of 28 countries in Europe and… Read more »
According to some estimates, achieving the Global Goals will cost $172.5 trillion by 2030. Consider that aid towards developing countries currently sits around $350 billion annually. It’s clear there is a major gap in funding between where we are and where we want to go. Some relevant questions we often ask ourselves: How can we… Read more »
I cringe every time I think of my TEDx talk. What those on stage in California make seem effortless is actually the result of months of work: an incredibly difficult process of condensing thousands of ideas into one simple message. For me, this was all the more difficult because I am a bureaucrat.
If government is best run close to the people, then local self-governance is a cornerstone in the structure of our democratic political system. But in a time of limited budgets, how can we make our local government more efficient and responsive? Instead of leaving this headache to policymakers, Kolba asked those of us who are… Read more »
In early July, while the summer in Skopje started to sizzle, big data enthusiasts popped by for one big (data) reason: to reflect on, share, and explore how we can use better use data for development. Our partners in crime, UN Global Pulse and UN Volunteers were also in the mix, contributing presentations on the current… Read more »
How do seven billion men, women, and children organize themselves? As the world becomes more globalized and interconnected, do we increasingly resemble an ant colony, acting on instructions from our ant queen? Or are we are becoming more leaderless, acting horizontally by harnessing the power of crowds?
We at UNDP in Armenia recently invited the brilliant folks over at Futuregov to come to Yerevan and see if they could quantify the progress in our own innovation work to date. They made an assessment of the work of our innovation lab Kolba, and gave us recommendations to help us expand the innovation mind-set throughout… Read more »
The world is changing fast—and so must our approaches to persistent development issues. An ever-increasing number of people and devices and objects now generate data – social networks, mass media, transportation, mobile phones, credit cards, etc. What matters now is not how much data we have, but rather what can we do with all of… Read more »
There is a famous anecdote about boiling frogs. It goes that if you place a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will leap out right away. But, if you put a frog in a kettle filled with cool water, and then gradually turn up the heat – the frog will not become aware… Read more »