Social innovation: When the public sector gets curious


Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Social inclusion Social innovation

Resolving seemingly unassailable problems which just don’t want to go away, finding ways around organizational bottlenecks, involving citizen-experts for realistic and need-driven solutions: these are the familiar-sounding promises made by social innovation champions. UNDP is increasingly leveraging social innovation, but the real test is the extent to which national partners, and governments in particular, are… Read more »

Paternity leave: A little chilla with my brand new daughter


Filed under: Central Asia Gender equality Human rights and rule of law

When my daughter was born, I experienced a happiness I had never known before. As a father, I wanted to be there to experience my daughter’s first few precious weeks of life, so I did something many fathers do not, or are unable, to do: I took paternity leave. I was fortunate to have an…

South-south cooperation: Is it time for Uzbekistan to become a donor?


Filed under: Development Governance Poverty

South‒south cooperation has the potential to not only invigorate Uzbekistan’s economy but also stimulate economic growth across the region. How? South‒south cooperation is the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge between developing countries, known as the global south. Through this cooperation, Uzbekistan can decrease its dependence on foreign aid and even create a shift in… Read more »

Creating opportunities for social innovation in Uzbekistan


Filed under: Central Asia Governance Social innovation

Sixty percent of Uzbekistan’s population is below the age of 30. Many young people have difficulties participating in decision-making processes which affect their future. This has contributed to a general feeling of apathy, which is detrimental to the country. As a result, many young people are leaving. I think social innovation can help stem this… Read more »

Oil and gas students in Uzbekistan brainstorm biodiversity actions for energy companies


Filed under: Central Asia Environment Social inclusion

A combination of public pressure, strict environmental regulations, and the importance of reputation in the business world has led many energy companies to try and mitigate their impact on biodiversity and compensate for damages. A report published in 2012 by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, an international initiative and important partner in implementing the Convention… Read more »

A day at the market: Exploring social innovation in Uzbekistan


Filed under: Central Asia Development Social inclusion Social innovation

I recently got to participate in a social innovation workshop with 20 other young people from Uzbekistan. (See: Inspiring young innovators in Uzbekistan) First of all I want to thank UNDP and UN Volunteers for choosing me to take part in the workshop, which got me thinking about the importance of social innovation in our… Read more »