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#NextGenGov: A blog series

A look at issues we will be discussing at our upcoming Istanbul Innovation Days, an annual gathering of partners to explore innovative approaches to…


City Experiment Fund: The System Transformation Our Cities Need

Cities occupy only about 2% of Earth’s land area, but house between 60-85% of the world population. At a time of accelerated change, cities are emerging as leaders.  


Nowhere to turn: Can Roma women break free from violence?

The heartbreaking testimonial of a Roma woman reveals how Roma women in the Western Balkans often have to make hard choices between living with an abusive spouse or perpetuating poverty.  


Saving the truth - how to battle fake news

Free and balanced information, a public good, is under threat. Around the world, facts are being manipulated and controlled, while the notion of truth itself is being disputed. Is there a way to…  


From farmer to finance minister

When I was a teenager, I hitchhiked from Lithuania to Armenia and back. When I found myself back in Istanbul last month, I discussed disaster risk reduction financing with the finance ministers of the…  


In Georgia’s mountains, taking a 360 approach to ending poverty

I recently visited the Racha region in northern Georgia to film how one region’s push for sustainable tourism is improving its economic outlook. There, I saw firsthand how tackling poverty from…  


Why I became a disaster expert

Thirty years ago, a powerful earthquake ripped through my home country of Armenia, leaving 25,000 dead, 500,000 homeless and annihilating an estimated 40 percent of the national economy.  


What does Artificial Intelligence mean for the future of Human Rights?

Artificial intelligence is improving our lives, from faster diagnoses to smarter homes to increasing road safety via self-driving cars. But should we worry about its impact on the protection of human…  


The future is here: Supporting social innovation in Turkey

Many people around the world say they don’t contribute to social causes for fear that their contributions will be wasted. So how is it that a board game on Kickstarter mangadom managed to collect over…  


The perfect recipe for ending corruption

Governments around the world are losing the trust of citizens. The civic space is shrinking and the rule of law has become increasingly threatened.  


Are Inclusive Cities smarter than "Smart"?

Our collective imagination of the Future of Cities is alluring, and dangerously incomplete.  

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