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 »
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Cities across the world are functioning as real-life laboratories for exploring new approaches to economic, social, and human development. Why the city? Well, in part, because that’s where everyone is – and the rest of us seem to be going.
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 »
In 1990, 43 percent of the population of developing countries lived in extreme poverty; by 2010, that number was halved. But does this mean poverty was actually reduced?
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
2013 has turned out to be a particularly exciting year for UNDP in Albania. Earlier this year, the Future We Want campaign ran at full speed, with consultations being held with nearly 500 young people across the country about what they want their future to look like. We listened to the concerns expressed by young… Read more »