Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »
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Human development is about the expanding people’s freedom and opportunities. Mobility and the ability to migrate are fundamental elements of human freedom and development. Unfortunately, this freedom is not applicable to Kosovo* and all its citizens.
How does volunteering make a difference? These days, we are trying to do development differently: to partner with less usual suspects for outside insights, and tap into local energy and initiatives. The ethos of volunteerism is exactly the same – it is not a supplement to the work we do; it is a natural component… Read more »
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
On 29-30 September, I attended the 27th International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion in Sarajevo. The main question was this: What has changed since the “Roma Decade” began in 2005?
Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?
Kostas Mallios believes in the power of ideas. Earlier this week, he came to our Istanbul office to join our scaling up workshop as a key mentor from the private sector. We wanted hear from new voices across disciplines, to get their views on how we can better approach scaling our work. Looking at evolutionary… Read more »
In June, I was part of the team behind Foresight for Development –Shaping the New Future, a research and development event held in Istanbul. Our key aim here was exposing our colleagues to a new trend we like to call “the gentle art of foresight.”
Early last month, I was honoured to have the opportunity to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at Observatory Venice Summer School 2014, a six-day networking and educational event. Thanks to the financial assistance of UNDP in Europe and Central Asia‘s HIV, Health and Development team, I was able to meet with more than 40 specialists from the global health… Read more »
What is the connection between foresight and development? How can foresight be used to improve development practices? What new participatory platforms are relevant for those working in international development? These were the main questions driving this month’s research and development workshop in Istanbul where I was honoured to be both presenter and participant.