Healthy choices: Optimizing decisions in an area of uncertainty

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Filed under: Development Guest posts Health HIV

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 »

Reflecting on futures and development: Five thoughts from Istanbul

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

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.

Volatility and the ‘new normal’: A discussion with Helen Clark

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social innovation

Last week, at the International Development Conference for South-South Cooperation, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with my boss: former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Forbes Magazine’s 23rd most powerful woman in the world, and (to my delight) Blood on the Tracks-era Bob Dylan fan, Helen Clark. Ms. Clark is presiding over the… Read more »

Engendering change in gender and corruption

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Filed under: Anticorruption Gender equality Social inclusion

Corruption is a global threat that undermines a country’s development progress by limiting citizens’ abilities to claim their rights. The linkages between gender equality and development have long been recognized. For example, societies with greater female education have higher growth rates and per-capita incomes, better maternal health, lower infant mortality, and increased levels of nutrition. However, when… Read more »

Ukraine: Mobilizing tech activists for human security

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

“IT-mobilization – National Human Security Hackathon on April 4-5″ I recently received that cryptic text message on my mobile phone; though as a member of SocialBoost‘s network of civic IT activists perhaps I shouldn’t have been too shocked. The same messages inviting people to join the first National Human Security Hackathon co-organized by UNDP in Ukraine, National Security… Read more »

A review of Owen Barder’s talk on complexity and development

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Filed under: Development Disaster response

Several months ago Owen Barder delivered a Kapucinski lecture on the implications of complexity theory for development, and followed it up with a series of blog posts (See: All that glisters: the golden thread and complexity and What is Development?) UNDP too, is analyzing how complexity science can strengthen its work – whether it’s related… Read more »