Articles
  • Climate Change: a predictable shockMay 7, 2015Last month UNDP in Armenia held Yerevan’s very first TEDx Salon. Speakers of all shapes and sizes – environmental experts, civil society leaders, government ministers, and academics – spoke in front of a packed audiences on the perils of climate change and what we need to do to combat it.

  • Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals Apr 6, 2015For the uninitiated: a Social Innovation Camp brings together people, ideas and digital tools in to create web-based social innovations – from software to business models – all in just a weekend. Originally created by the fine people at Social Innovation Camp, it has now gone global and been implemented in 16 countries across 4 continents.

  • Developing not for but with: Co-designing ArmeniaFeb 13, 2015A 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?

  • Dodging dystopia: crowdsourced foresight in ArmeniaJan 19, 2015At Kolba lab here in Armenia, we have been testing foresight. We’re trying to gauge its potential in shaping the UN’s strategy in Armenia and in supporting the design of future development programmes. This blog is the second part in a series aimed at sharing our rationales, experiences and results.

  • Kolba in 2015: it’s your community, so what will we achieve together?Jan 6, 2015We 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.

  • UN in Armenia Launches the HuRiCamp!Dec 10, 2014On the occasion of the Human Rights Day, on 10th December 2014, the UN in Armenia organized the first-ever HuRiCamp – an experimental unconference on human rights at the American University of Armenia. Human rights activists and defenders, and simply enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds came together to speak on various human rights issues in Armenia. In a friendly, cooperative environment designed to educate, share learning and inspire collaboration, speakers shared their ideas, solutions, challenges and achievements in tackling human rights issues in Armenia.

  • Understanding realities: Foresight for development in ArmeniaDec 5, 2014In the past few months Kolba Lab here in Armenia has jumped on the “gold rush to the future“. This is the first in a series of blogs that aims to share our rationales, experiences, and results. Today’s challenges – increased complexity and interconnectedness of development issues, alongside endemic deficiencies within static bureaucracies – are pushing us to rethink the way the development industry operates.

  • No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in ArmeniaNov 26, 2014In Armenia, like in much of the world, we have a problem with glass ceilings. Initially, our question was: What prevents capable and respected women to consider entering local government? Field work indicated a number of interrelated structural factors: narrow gender identities, a fear of failure and reputation loss, lack of skills, prohibitive costs, perceptions of the role of community councils, and the lack of a support network.

  • Specialists gather in Yerevan for UNDP sustainable development conferenceOct 17, 2014How can we merge the challenges posed by climate change with the need to develop economically? From 8th to 10th October 2014 a mixture of policy-makers, business leaders, researchers and practitioners from all over the world gathered in Armenia to answer this question, looking specifically towards the role that government should play in helping to drive this process.

  • UNDP global leader in transparencyOct 8, 2014New York —The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the most transparent aid organization, according to a leading global ranking released today. The 2014 Aid Transparency Index recognized UNDP for its “commendable performance” in publishing information beyond international standards this year, placing it first overall out of 68 major agencies evaluated worldwide.