Green and clean: How to make a citizen-friendly city


Filed under: Development Environment

I recently attended an international conference on transit and development in my hometown of Almaty. The event attracted renowned urbanists and transportation planners from around the world who came to share their experiences and visions for sustainable urban development. I was particularly struck by the words of famed Colombian politician and urbanist Enrique Peñalosa. He introduced… Read more »

Opening data in Kosovo*: The curious case of Gjakova

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Filed under: Anticorruption Development 2.0 Social innovation

Our joint quest to open data in Kosovo began on a September morning over coffee in Pristina. We were already funding the platform to visualize institutional spending and revenues, and had recently completed the “For Digital Prishtina” hackathon - with two projects designed to make spending and recruitment more transparent. But, at UNDP in Kosovo we are… Read more »

Understanding realities: Foresight for development in Armenia

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation

In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing… Read more »

Exposure: Taking a snapshot of the region


Filed under: Social innovation

Working in communications for UNDP, I’m always looking for new ways to tell the development story. Recently a colleague introduced me to Exposure, an easy-to-use tool for creating compelling and striking visual narratives. So in the spirit of “showing not just telling” what we do, I’ve compiled this short and sweet Exposure, featuring some snapshots of our… Read more »

Moldova post-2015: Understanding the complexity

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion Social innovation

We recently blogged about how we are planning with citizens to improve the institutions Moldova will need in the post-2015 future. Now, we want to look into the main challenges and impacts as seen by the participants in the survey we conducted using Futurescaper. In the three weeks it was live, Futurescaper brought a new… Read more »

Seven ways Twitter is like a house party (and why that matters)


Filed under: Social innovation

As part of our efforts to innovate at Mahallae and UNDP-ACT, we are very keen on the “work out loud” approach. This is why we in the Mahallae team provide ongoing support and mentoring to our winning Challenges teams in designing and implementing successful social media and outreach strategies. Yet we sometimes notice confusion and even resistance in our innovating teams… Read more »