Wanted: New Yardstick for Inequalities

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Filed under: Central Asia Development

“Not all inequalities are created equal.” So goes one of the main takeaway messages from the Dialogue on Inequalities recently held in Istanbul. Yet we still use only one indicator—the Gini coefficient of income inequality—to judge them all. Back in 1968 Robert F. Kennedy said GDP “measures everything. . . except that which makes life… Read more »

Build it yourself: Welcome to the tech for citizen engagement challenge

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Filed under: Development Governance Peace and security Social innovation

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 »

Ready, set, compete! Why we’re reaching out across regions

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.

Exposure: Taking a snapshot of the region

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Filed under: Social innovation

Working in communications for UNDP, I’m always looking for new ways to tell the development story. Recently a colleague introduced me to Exposure, an easy-to-use tool for creating compelling and striking visual narratives. So in the spirit of “showing not just telling” what we do, I’ve compiled this short and sweet Exposure, featuring some snapshots of our… Read more »

The road to development: Why we need more economists in the driver’s seat

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Filed under: Development Human rights Migration and remittances Poverty Social inclusion

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?