Evolving thoughts: The future of Roma information centres

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Poverty Roma Social inclusion

[Ed. note: This was the second of the three winning projects of UNDP’s regional Scaling Up Fund. Each proposal was designed to deliberately move away from more conventional ways of scaling (‘going big’) to a more adaptive approach (running multiple experiments and enhancing existing dynamics in the communities, as opposed to creating something new)] According to a 2002 census, 53,879… Read more »

Taking a deep dive in the Strumica River (data) Basin

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Filed under: Climate change Disaster response Environment Guest posts Social innovation

The Strumica River Basin is one of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. By 2020, water demands in the Strumica River Basin are expected to increase by 40 percent, while extreme weather events – such as floods and droughts – are also expected to become more frequent. To avoid… Read more »

Film fatale: How one filmmaker made history

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Filed under: Climate change Gender equality Social inclusion

In 2013, award-winning filmmaker Biljana Gavranlieva directed After the Rain – the first-ever documentary made by a Macedonian director about climate change. The film, which was produced with the support of UNDP, the Global Environment Facility, and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, shows the lives of four women between the ages of forty and eighty,… 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 »

Dashboard: Greater transparency brings greater participation in fYR Macedonia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

One of the most interesting issues we’re working on in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia right now is finding new ways to encourage citizen participation in local governance. Access to information is key: “Before, most people outside the administration found it quite difficult to access and understand a lot of information about the key functions… Read more »

Social innovation camp toolkit: Troublemaking with UNDP

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Three years ago, as UNDP’s innovation agenda began to take off, a few early adopters experimented with Social Innovation Camps. The events opened us up to an array of unusual suspects. Social entrepreneurs, activists and hackers created a renewed sense of agency. Together with government officials and development sector traditionalists, the teams built ventures to reduce pollution in… Read more »