Duncan Green: On citizen mobilization and empowerment

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Guest posts Poverty

Power is intangible, but crucial; a subtle and pervasive force field connecting individuals, communities and nations in a constant process of negotiation, contestation and change. Development is, at its heart, about the redistribution and accumulation of power by citizens. Much of the standard work on empowerment focuses on institutions and the world of formal power… Read more »

LIVE 29 October: Jens Martens on the end of the donor-recipient era

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Filed under: Development Poverty Social inclusion

Old development strategies which starkly divided the world into rich and poor are slowly fading away. Middle-income countries are a good example of this trend – often acting as both donors and recipients of development aid at the same time. Does the traditional division of the world into ‘developed’ and ‘developing countries’ at all reflect… Read more »

Tackling vulnerability: Five reflections on the Human Development Report in Moldova

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Filed under: Development Gender equality Poverty Social inclusion

Last month, the 2014 Human Development Report was officially unveiled. It is probably the most comprehensive and empirically robust analysis of progress and trends in human development. On top of this, it guides us towards new policy approaches that tend to shatter our ‘business as usual’ approach. Here’s how we see its relevance in the… Read more »

Black gold and its dividends: How Azerbaijan is avoiding the oil curse

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Social inclusion

What are types of challenges do resource-dependent countries tend to face? Twenty years after signing the ‘Contract of the Century’, Azerbaijan has emerged as a regional power with a growing economy and a developing infrastructure. Now, the government is working hard to transfer the success of the nation’s oil industry to the development of its… Read more »

Georgia: Diplohackers Unite!

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

How can we open up the circle of decision-makers to include regular citizens? How can governments better respond to citizens’ concerns? How can people and decision-makers cooperate for a better future in the coming decade? These were just some of the pointed questions raised by young Georgians during Post-2015 national consultations held in Georgia last year…. Read more »

What if post-2015 were already here?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Pretty much every presentation on innovation we attended in the last couple of years (including our own!) at one point or another included the famous quote attributed to William Gibson that “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” This has spurred us to look into a number of methodologies that… Read more »

Micronarratives in Georgia: How to collect feedback from citizen experts

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

Having worked for the United Nations for over ten years, I’m still surprised that we’re consulting a chief storyteller to probe the ground in human rights situation in Georgia. And yet, we hosted Tony Quinlan, Chief Storyteller of Narrate, who comes with the wealth of experience in using an unconventional method of collecting narratives and… Read more »