No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government?  Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of… Read more »

Innovating solutions for gender-based violence: The search for better feedback loops

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a stark reminder that more needs to be done to address gender-based violence. Given the prevalence and persistence of gender-based violence across the globe, it is necessary to not only intensify efforts – but also to examine approaches and strive to find more effective solutions… Read more »

Seven ways Twitter is like a house party (and why that matters)

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Filed under: Social innovation

As part of our efforts to innovate at Mahallae and UNDP-ACT, we are very keen on the “work out loud” approach. This is why we in the Mahallae team provide ongoing support and mentoring to our winning Challenges teams in designing and implementing successful social media and outreach strategies. Yet we sometimes notice confusion and even resistance in our innovating teams… Read more »

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 »

Come co-design with Georgia’s new Innovative Service Lab!

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Filed under: Development Governance Guest posts Social innovation

Reinventing public services has to start with the user. Only by incremental experiments, with an eye on effectiveness and putting the end-users at the heart of the design process, can we truly hope to transform public services to meet our citizens’ needs. Transforming public services to meet the true expectations of the citizens and create… Read more »

Dispatch from Montenegro: Step inside the MindLab

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It’s not the ‘what’ but the ‘why’ that intrigues Kit Lykketoft. As Deputy Director of MindLab Denmark, Kit’s work focuses on user involvement, cross-departmental cooperation, and innovation in the public sector. We met up with her in Podgorica, where she was giving the keynote speech to the audience gathered for UNDP’s global Shift week of innovation… Read more »