The evolving finch fund: Two early insights on scaling…and lots of work still ahead!

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It was great to get so many comments and reactions – both online and off – to our recent post on re-framing “scaling up” in development. We also happily adopted the affectionate (or so we hope!) nickname of “finch fund” for our initiative, as coined by Duncan Green (with thanks!). Our aim is to ultimately come up with… Read more »

Not another toolkit? Conspiring with UNDP

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Guest posts Social innovation

Perhaps rightly so, development workers are sometimes wary or dismissive of toolkits that are often disconnected from their daily reality. Development Impact & You isn’t your typical toolkit. We’ve been careful not to add to the noise simply by creating new material and hoping people will use it. Instead we have pulled together a collection… Read more »

Innovation for development: Scaling up or evolving?

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For the last two years we’ve been experimenting with a variety of methods and approaches to development that were, up until recently, entirely new to us – from gamification to open policymaking, from behavioural science to user-driven innovation, from design thinking to micronarratives and real time monitoring. In total, we ran around 60 interventions following a… Read more »

What we learned about challenges – from the #UNDPprize renewable energy challenge – Part 2

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Peace and security Social inclusion Social innovation

What do you do when you have a tough development problem that you haven’t been able to solve – after decades? In our case, we decided to experiment with the challenge prize to help find a solution for 3,000 returnee families in rural Bosnia and Herzegovina who had been without access to electricity since they… Read more »

What we learned about challenges – from the #UNDPprize renewable energy challenge – Part 1

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A little over six months ago, with help from Nesta, we launched our very first challenge prize: the UNDP Renewable Energy Challenge. We invited citizens from all over the world to come up with an affordable and easy to maintain energy solution to help over 3,000 families in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have been without… Read more »

The winner (could) take it all… – MIT ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition

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Filed under: Climate change Development 2.0 Environment Social innovation

UNDP in Montenegro’s proposal – Energy Efficiency Formalization – won both the popular prize (most votes) and judges’ prize (expert review) in the Building Efficiency contest at the MIT’s ClimateCoLab crowdsourcing competition for the most innovative solutions to climate change!   We are thankful to all who supported us, especially those who cast a vote… Read more »

Storytelling: The challenge of collection

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Five UNDP project teams have collected thousands of stories over the past several weeks in an effort to test out whether storytelling could be a better method of, for example, detecting weak signals and building foresight into decision making. We are definitely on to something very different with this methodology, but one question keeps creeping… Read more »

Will midterm evaluations become the dinosaurs of development?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Roma Social inclusion Social innovation

I argued a few months back that information we get from story-telling is fundamentally different to what we get from polls and surveys. If we can’t predict what’s coming next, then we have to continuously work to understand what has and is happening today. (See: Patterns of voices from the Balkans – working with UNDP)… Read more »

Open data, open policy: stepping out of the echo chamber

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Recently, I participated in several events that look at the space between empowered government (gov2.0) and empowered citizens (citizen2.0 both individuals and civic groups and NGOs). One discussion was around tapping into networks of empowered citizens clustering around different issues for open policy making (Masters of Networks, Venice) and another on getting human-readable stories from… Read more »

Challenge accepted!

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Filed under: Development Environment Social inclusion Social innovation

I came across two quotes recently that have framed my thinking about the role of challenge prizes in development. Judith Rodin, president of the Rockefeller Foundation said that “solutions to many of the world’s most difficult social problems don’t need to be invented but found, funded, and scaled.” In another, JR Reagan, US Chief Federal… Read more »