A good idea is like a coconut. We know that something refreshing, even energising, lies inside. Yet a coconut without tools to open it is, for all intents and purposes, quite useless. At a recent Social Innovation Camp in Dilijan, Armenia, we spent two and a half days cracking into four ideas using an array… Read more »
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A recent economic forecast for Central Asia from the IMF wasn’t exactly optimistic: “Gloomy, with a Chance of Pain” read the headline. This makes the issues of youth unemployment and ballooning labour migration figures in South Kyrgyzstan all the more pressing. It is in this context that we decided to experiment with micronarratives - a methodology used to… Read more »
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
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.
Well folks it’s that time again, where I pick up the sizable gauntlet from my predecessor, social media maven Blythe Fraser, and look back upon our year that was. From our old home in Bratislava to our new digs in Istanbul, what have been our most popular stories? What intrigued you the most? What did… Read more »
The notion that good service is a service co-designed with the user is not news. However, for many in Moldova, a majority of public services in Moldova remain totally bureaucratic and alien. In an attempt to change this, MiLab is working alongside colleagues form UNDP’s Local Development Programme to help local authorities in the village of Ciuciuleni… Read more »
In June this year, we launched our Innovation Facility to accelerate and expand UNDP’s efforts to support different ways of doing development. The Facility aims to encourage UNDP to take calculated risks and push boundaries when planning and implementing projects. It is designed to serve as a platform to share our experiences with alternative methods… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »