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 »

Confessions of a Serial Consulter, Part 1: Debunking Myths

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Development 2.0 Environment Governance Health HIV Social inclusion

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: What kind of world do you want? Looking back on the past year as part of the United Nations World we Want team working on engaging people in a discussion of what matters for their future, I feel compelled to come clean on the experience thus far. Our work is… Read more »

Empowering young people in Kyrgyzstan to have a say in the post-2015 development agenda

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Social inclusion

“Young people should play a central role in the formulation of the development agenda. People need to be more actively involved in the process of decision making for the country.” This statement is one of the responses voiced during Post-2015 national consulta­tions in Kyrgyzstan, which began in late 2012. With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)… Read more »

Fixing unemployment… by playing games?

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Poverty Social inclusion

With over 7,000 Moldovans involved in the Post-2015 national consultations, it would be a shame not to address the problems that came up and let all that social energy go to waste. The consultations uncovered a long list of major problems, but it’s risky to dive right in without the proper preparation and resources. It’s… Read more »