Loud and clear: Rethinking service design in Georgia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Health Social inclusion

112 is one of the most dialed phone numbers in Georgia. In 2013 alone, over eight million emergency calls were made to this national response hotline. Their website lists emergency services available for children, a video tour, and frequently asked questions for those who may need immediate help. They provide everything for everyone – except… Read more »

Moldova post-2015: How are we getting ready?

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Filed under: Development Social innovation

Some time ago, in the first round of the national post-2015 consultations, citizens in Moldova told us about their aspirations. They spoke of finding decent work, wanting better social protection, and having more accountable governance. This will be all the more challenging in a world where rising energy and food prices, climate-related threats, emigration, and… Read more »

Belarus: Prepping the SI-lab

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Environment Human rights Social innovation

In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the hackathon idea, and how we’re planning it to use it in Belarus to kick off Shift week. We chose to explore three overarching themes: healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and disability-friendly employment. We held an open call for ideas and out of the 20 applications received, nine seemed like… Read more »

Good intentions, bad results: How inadequate laws in Central Asia violate human rights

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Health HIV Human rights

I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »

Hackathon: Making the SHIFT in Belarus

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social innovation

It’s exciting to be living in a world where groundbreaking technology, open communication, and fantastic scientific discoveries, can converge to create something revolutionary. From Silicon Valley to Singapore, from complex emergencies to governance, innovative approaches are changing the way we do business; and the best innovations are the ones that come from the people themselves…. Read more »

Film fatale: How one filmmaker made history

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Filed under: Climate change Gender equality Social inclusion

In 2013, award-winning filmmaker Biljana Gavranlieva directed After the Rain – the first-ever documentary made by a Macedonian director about climate change. The film, which was produced with the support of UNDP, the Global Environment Facility, and the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, shows the lives of four women between the ages of forty and eighty,… Read more »