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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Filed under: Disaster response

“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 »

Disaster? There’s an app for that…

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Disaster response Peace and security Social innovation

This post was originally published on the national UNDP website “I guess I’m a bit of an information freak!” says Vasko Popovski, UNDP’s Project Manager for Disaster and Climate Risks, when asked how he came up with the idea for a nifty new app that’s set to revolutionize public access to data on dangerous events… Read more »