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For LGBTI in Eastern Europe, a struggle to exist

This week, UNDP and USAID are releasing evidence on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons across the Western…


Let’s reset the internet and make sure it works for democracy

Political polarization is inherent to democratic elections. In fact, elections wouldn’t be democratic in the absence of different – and even diametrically opposed - political opinions. It’s a…  


Can blockchain help us better assist refugees and migrants in transit?

Technology can both empower and disempower. At a recent workshop on blockchain, we landed a challenge: how can we use it to facilitate refugee integration? I am an immediate misfit in the dynamic…  


Labs on the perilous road of transformation

The call for a “new” movement around the public sector innovation labs comes at a good time because it compels us collectively to anticipate on the next steps and it asks good questions. But it…  


Rethinking road safety – investing to save people’s lives

Every few months, I go to pay condolences to families who lost their loved ones in traffic accidents or visit an acquaintance in hospital due to an injury they suffered in a car crash. I am pretty…  


From labs to movements? An invitation to join our conversation on re-imagining labs

In the run-up to UNDP and Nesta’s two-day conference Istanbul Innovation Days (Oct 31-Nov 1), we wanted to take stock and critically reflect on current lab practice and the impact labs create, and to…  


Are young women a key to the growth of Uzbekistan’s ICT industry?

Do you know who Margaret Hamilton is? Not many do. She was the computer scientist and systems engineer who programmed the Apollo 11 spaceflight. There is currently a greatly untapped resource of…  


“From Russia to Tajikistan”: changing the way money moves

Citizens of Tajikistan rely heavily on remittances. A lack of job opportunities means that up to 1 million (out of a population of 8 billion) migrate elsewhere for work, mostly Russia. Until 2014,…  


Crowdfunding for small businesses: what’s the story?

Our experience taught us that crowdfunding is not just a new funding method. It’s also a tool to engage communities; a powerful outreach and advocacy mechanism; and a way to create new business models…  


Designing a city for people, not cars

When I walk to the office, I think about cities having their own personalities. I see Batumi as male, smart, well-groomed, and laid-back as if the salt and holiday spirit of the Black Sea have sunk…  


What data innovation can tell you about a city

Cities worldwide are increasingly using big data to identify trends before making decisions about services or infrastructure. Data innovation is becoming core to making cities smart and sustainable.…  

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