How does investing in disaster prevention pay off?

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Filed under: Development Disaster response




The unprecedented damage Bosnia and Herzegovina saw in the 2014 floods has shown us the devastating effects of deprioritized financing and years of neglect of flood control systems. Doboj, a northern town in BiH, was among the worst-hit cities. More than 3,500 dwellings were destroyed or damaged by flood water. Urgent rehabilitation of 400 homes… Read more »

Building different kinds of bridges together in Kosovo*

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In the 2014 Human Development Report, Khalid Malik writes: “Human resilience is about removing the barriers that hold people back in their freedom to act. It is about enabling the disadvantaged and excluded groups to express their concerns, to be heard and to be active agents in shaping their destiny.”

#ICT4DRR: Making Skopje, Yerevan and Ungheni more resilient to disasters

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Environment




It was not the Copa do Mundo da FIFA Brasil that brought us to Yerevan in Armenia in July 2014, but a regional workshop on mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA). Between the sessions—and between the matches—we had some serious discussions with our colleagues from Armenia about disaster and climate risk… Read more »

Getting a handle on it: Twitter and disaster relief in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Disaster response Social innovation




As the recent devastation wrought by flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina has shown, social media has a vital role to play in spreading information during natural and human-made disasters. Twitter is a great example of a platform that can quickly deliver vital information to a vast number of people. So Igor Miskovski of the… Read more »

Doing development differently: Social innovation in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation




It’s been six months since we helped launch the first Social Innovation Hub in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, with a mission to make the most of technology in tackling social challenges and advancing human development. The Hub already has a reputation for being ‘the place where all the magic happens’. And rightly so: In a… Read more »

Fighting future fires: Emergency coordination in fYR Macedonia

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“Good morning, Mayor! This is the Head of the Firefighting Unit speaking.” “Good morning, Aleksandar!” “I’m happy to inform you the forest fires are under control. Nobody has been injured. There is no infrastructural damage and no significant loss to biodiversity.” “That’s great news, Alex! It shows the emergency coordination exercises we carried out before… Read more »