On December 24, Greek Cypriot Leader, Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot Leader, Mustafa Akinci, gave a joint New Year message announcing their hopes for peace and prosperity on a reunified island. The message is perhaps an indication of major developments to come in 2016. Changes in the political narrative since the election of Mustafa Akinci… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Cyprus
Cypriots today are rediscovering their unity around a shared cultural heritage; however, this hasn’t always been the case. How did this shift happen?
At the time of Nelson Mandela’s death in December 2013, I couldn’t have imagined that I’d one day have the opportunity to accompany the two chief Cyprus peace negotiators to meet the key people who helped the great man in leading the struggle to dismantle apartheid. At a time when hope in the peace process… Read more »
We can come up with a number of ideas if we want to promote peaceful coexistence. But what do we do if we want to measure “peace”? The empirical study of peace is still an underdeveloped field. Not only is peace difficult to quantify; there are also few tools readily available to measure it.
It’s called the IKEA effect. You value something more when you’ve helped build it. Surely anyone who’s ever suffered through a harrowing afternoon assembling that pernickety SVÄRTA loft bed frame can recall the swell of pride and accomplishment after finally figuring it out. Might not a similar thing be the case when it comes to the various institutions of… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.
As part of our efforts to innovate at Mahallae and UNDP-ACT, we are very keen on the “work out loud” approach. This is why we in the Mahallae team provide ongoing support and mentoring to our winning Challenges teams in designing and implementing successful social media and outreach strategies. Yet we sometimes notice confusion and even resistance in our innovating teams… Read more »
The next Build Peace conference will take place on 25-26 April 2015 in Nicosia, Cyprus and already counts on the support of the UNDP in Cyprus office. Where Build Peace 2014 aimed to demonstrate the potential of using technology for peacebuilding in terms of ‘breadth’ of initiatives and ideas, Build Peace 2015 will begin to… Read more »
I’ve been thinking recently about how tech-enabled peace initiatives can shift the balance of power and result in alternative infrastructures for peace. It seems to me that the proliferation of accessible technology makes it easier to innovate from the ground up. I don’t just mean new platforms or apps, but building social and organizational forms that enable small groups… Read more »