In Nepal, social media games battle gender stereotypes

20 Aug 2014 by Sachchi Ghimire Karki and Kamal Raj Sigdel

UNDP's work will primarily target 500 young people between 13-19 years of age, as research shows that adolescents are still forming their attitudes at this age. UNDP Photo.
Behaviour change is easier said than done, but we’ve decided to take on the weakest link in the chain of violence that perpetuates through generations: young people and their willingness to question social norms. … Read more

Thailand | Counting the costs of farmed chicken before they hatch

04 Aug 2014 by Pawin Talerngsri

 Each person in Thailand consumes an average of around 14.9 kg of chicken per year. Peter Cooper LICENSED UNDER CC 4.0
In Thailand, that the mountains of grain needed to produce chicken-feed has caused more than 5 million acres of agricultural and forest land to be cleared for maize farming. And maize farmland has exponentially expanded during the past 10 years. … Read more

Same-same but different: Can Asia’s rapidly growing cities use ‘design thinking’ for better planning and services?

01 Aug 2014 by Taimur Khilji

The process of design thinking allows us to critically think through the steps involved in reconstructing something worthwhile that is fit-for-context, and fit-for-purpose. What we hope to accomplish at the end of this process and exercise are workable and feasible prototypes of the one-stop service centre and testing them with potential users until we get it right! … Read more

Four things you’ve always wanted to know about innovation but were too afraid to ask

01 Aug 2014 by Patrick Haverman

e-waste in ChinaEach year thousands of tonnes of electronic waste is disposed of incorrectly globally, and in China. Photo: UNDP China.
Emails went unanswered, or came back with short replies. We began to sense recalcitrance from Baidu's somewhat muted response, and we didn’t like it. Couldn’t they see the value in our innovative emergency shelter mapping initiative? Why weren’t they coming on board? … Read more

Same-same but different: Can Asia’s rapidly growing cities use ‘design thinking’ to replicate each other's successes?

30 Jul 2014 by Taimur Khilji

Panorama of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Photo: Al-Emrun Garjon
What happens when you bring together members of municipal governments, urban experts, civil society and staff from various countries to brainstorm on addressing urban challenges? Sounds like a typical meeting, but wait...   While city planners interacted and learnt from each other in tackling similar problems, what was far from obvious at the time was how they could transfer a successful practice, product or service from one context (say Beijing, China) to another (say Dhaka, Bangladesh)? And by different context, I mean how language, culture, history and society come together in an appreciably different way to render simple ‘replication’ of a service inapplicable, or, at the very least, a significant challenge. After all, we wouldn’t have to look far, or dig deep, to see the failed attempts of replicating a ‘good practice’ in a context other than its home. Taking our cue from design-thinking Design thinking allows us to unpack, reimagine and reconstruct a practice to see in what shape or form it might work in a different context. In our concrete case, Bangladesh counterparts are keen to adopt China’s successful one-stop-shop social service centres. The problem: urban residents in Bangladesh from low-income backgrounds find it hard to avail the social … Read more