A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
Posts Tagged: UNDP
As an avid cyclist and clean energy advocate, I know how easy life can be with green transport. The challenge in my job is showing how green choices – such as in public transport and bicycles – can improve the environment, public safety, and save time.
In Kosovo*, 35 percent of the population is between the ages of 15 and 35. More than half of them are unemployed. For women, that percentage jumps to nearly 70. The problem of unemployment has turned into desperation, as evidenced by young Kosovars’ increasingly active participation in a phenomenon known as people smuggling.
Two years ago, our colleagues from UNDP in Cyprus ignited civil society partnerships during the Power of One inter-regional knowledge exchange conference. The healthy mix of collaboration and competition led to cross-regional projects led by Cypriot and Euro-Mediterranean organizations that received seed funding. We wanted to continue the spirit of collaboration.
These days people are more willing than ever to help out a neighbour. According to a recent report from Nesta, the economic contribution of social action in the UK is valued at a total of £34 billion. I think this endemic good will can best be seen in the DIY ethic which has taken hold… Read more »
As UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in the Republic of Moldova, I saw my central role as helping the country accelerate its development path to deliver concrete results for all parts of the population. The UN’s work focused on this goal at two levels: helping counterparts fast-track policy reforms, and enabling institutions to respond… Read more »
Just how bad is global inequality today? Upon the launch of UNDP’s Humanity Divided report last year, Helen Clark noted that the richest eight per cent of the world’s population earns half of the world’s total income. She continued: Not only do 1.2 billion people continue to live on under US $1.25 dollars a day, but… Read more »
Last year Cyprus was chosen by UNDP colleagues in Moldova for two study visits by representatives of local authorities, civil society, and the business community. They picked Cyprus because of its long history of bi-communal cooperation. Nonetheless, this choice still took us, and our partners, by surprise.
Turkey has 56 earthquakes a day. Fortunately, most are only felt by extremely fine-tuned seismic sensors. Scientists predict that Istanbul, which sits on the Anatolian fault line, is due for a major earthquake in the next 30 – 50 years. That big one could kill or injure tens of thousands of people.
We have come a long way since Mardamej. Social innovation camps were a lot of fun, but many of the teams that emerged from these co-design events needed more support. So we built Kolba, a social venture incubator.