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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…


Sustaining progress in transition countries

Many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have made remarkable progress in recent years. But, despite clear gains, the region's middle-income countries continue to face structural bottlenecks…  


Why are young people in Moldova struggling with unemployment

In Moldova, about 30 percent of young people are either unemployed or not enrolled in any formal training. This is an alarmingly high figure, indicating that so much of our country’s potential is…  


Let's talk about artificial intelligence and development

After decades of hype, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived. So what do we talk about when we talk about AI? What applications of it have inspired us? And what do we mean by ‘responsible’ AI?  


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,…  

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