Here at UNDP we’re in the business of this all-encompassing yet often quite vague idea of ‘resilience’. For me what it boils down to is this: How well are the state and its citizens prepared to react to emergencies? And what can be done to help reduce the risks to human lives and their communities when… Read more »
Posts Tagged: mobile phones
Last November we discussed the development of an easy-to-use micro-referendum tool – an SMS polling application – to encourage citizen engagement in communities throughout Armenia. We wanted to help local authorities reach their constituents by providing them with a safe and open forum to express their opinions.
Armenian public decision-making has typically been marked by distrust and low engagement, despite having access to the necessary legal framework and institutions. Recently, though, there have been signs of greater civic activism and trust in local authorities. According to data from the Caucasus Barometer, local governments had the third highest public trust rating in 2012… Read more »
UNDP supports conflict-sensitive development in some pretty complex environments. In part because of that complexity, the history of development assistance is also the history of unintended consequences – the road built to facilitate trade can easily become the road used to spread insurgency. Recognizing these risks, since the 1990s, UNDP has been working across the… Read more »
In the past years mobile phones have enabled a wave of innovation in financial services. What few people realize is that many of these innovations were pioneered in emerging markets, and often by users, before diffusing to industrialized nations. There is evidence that many of these services were informally pioneered by the users of mobile… Read more »
Who has access to information and who doesn’t makes a huge difference in the 21st Century. Those who have limited access to timely market information are facing problems identifying market opportunities and finding sellers or buyers. This is especially true in agrarian economies such as in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan where more than half of the… Read more »
Alice Casey recently wrote a great blog post on “the power of visible” to bring about social change. It prompted me to share more broadly the slides (below) that I use for internal training on “Making the invisible (development worker) visible”, in case someone out there might find them useful (comments most welcome!). The basic… Read more »