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  • 07 May 2015
    Climate Change: a predictable shock

    Last 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.

  • 06 Apr 2015
    Cracking coconuts: Big data, gaming, maps and portals

    For 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.

  • 13 Feb 2015
    Developing not for but with: Co-designing Armenia

    A 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?

  • 19 Jan 2015
    Dodging dystopia: crowdsourced foresight in Armenia

    At 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.

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

    We 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.

  • 10 Dec 2014
    UN in Armenia Launches the HuRiCamp!

    On 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.

  • 05 Dec 2014
    Understanding realities: Foresight for development in Armenia

    In 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.

  • 26 Nov 2014
    No ceiling: Three approaches to women’s leadership in Armenia

    In 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.

  • 17 Oct 2014
    Specialists gather in Yerevan for UNDP sustainable development conference

    How 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.

  • 08 Oct 2014
    UNDP global leader in transparency

    New 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.

  • 14 Aug 2014
    Big hits and blunders: A social innovation lab in Armenia

    When UNDP in Armenia launched Kolba over a year ago, it was the only social venture incubator and design lab within the organization. Twelve months and a lot of (emotional) scars later, we thought it was time to share some of our big hits and blunders.

  • 11 Jul 2014
    Armenia’s Human Rights Action Plan – the beginning of a journey

    Human Rights have always been high on the agenda of progressive states, including Armenia. And while I fully acknowledge that we still face many human rights issues, it is worth noting that never has such a commitment and readiness to advance human rights been recorded in Armenia as in recent years. We now have a new Human Rights Action Plan, but how do we ensure that it doesn’t gather dust on a shelf?

  • 08 Jul 2014
    Connecting local and national decision-makers: women taking the lead

    More than twenty Avagani (community council) members recently brainstormed with the Vice Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly on the importance of women’s involvement in democratic governance. Here UNDP’s Natalya Harutyunyan captures the key points.

  • 04 Jul 2014
    Journalists from Yerevan and regions trained on covering climate change related challenges

    UNDP in Armenia and Armenian Red Cross Society teamed up to organize a two day training on climate change related challenges and their coverage by media in Yerevan in the scope of the UNDP-EU “Clima East Pilot Project” and Armenian Red Cross Society “Climate Forum East Project.”

  • 26 Jun 2014
    Hunting Black Swans

    The nature of global development challenges has changed dramatically. While the foci remain the same – such as poverty and climate change – their pace and interconnectedness have caught many off guard. Unpredictable events – so called “black swans” – are becoming increasingly common. Look no further than the frequency and unpredictability of natural disasters for examples. For this reason, old approaches are looking tired. The idea that development was about poor countries just doing what rich countries have been doing is increasingly absurd. Development is now a shared challenge for all of us.

  • 09 Jun 2014
    Design literacy for development

    Last week we were joined by the Waag society, one of Europe’s foremost social innovations incubators. Waag was in Armenia to develop design literacy. This means empowering citizens to influence their environment through structured design processes.

  • 23 May 2014
    PM appreciates UN-Armenia cooperation and implementation of joint projects

    Yerevan, 23 May 2014 - Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan received UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Busetto.

  • 16 May 2014
    A Training Center was opened at the Crisis Management State Academy

    Yerevan, 16 May 2014 – Today, the opening ceremony of the Multi-functional Simulation Training Center took place at the premises of the Crisis Management State Academy (CMSA) of the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations.

  • 23 Apr 2014
    The Forest and Climate Change: Children’s painting contest on occasion of the Earth Day

    Yerevan, 23 April 2014 – Today UNDP in Armenia, in partnership with the “Armenia Tree Project.” organized “Forest and Climate Change” children’s painting exhibition and contest on the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day. The event took place in the Geological Museum of the NAS Institute of Geological Sciences.

  • 08 Apr 2014
    The future starts with you

    Many of the solutions to the challenges facing Armenia already exist. But these solutions are yet to become mainstream. Over the coming three months, UNDP is looking for social innovators and their projects with a view to helping them scale up. Help us to spot the future.