Tag: UNDP

How do we get better at killing our darlings? Is scale best pursued obliquely? More thoughts on innovation and development

Benjamin Kumpf, Policy Specialist for Innovation at UNDP, responds to guest post by James Whitehead published on 24 June. I found myself nodding to most of James Whitehead’s reflections. Particularly: ”I want to be working with people who are passionate about solving problems at scale rather than magpies obsessed with finding shiny new innovative solutions.” […]

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A long-ignored crisis in development – the collapse in morale among public officials. New UN paper.

News flash: officials are people too. With feelings. If you treat them as untrustworthy scumbags who only do good things for voters and tax payers when they are threatened or offered cash, they are likely to get thoroughly demoralized and may even end up behaving that way. You don’t have to take it from me, […]

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Is the era of flagship publications (HDR, WDR) coming to an end?

Had an interesting chat with some UNDP types last week in the Brixton cafe that is fast becoming my second office. In the same week as UNDP was named top donor on transparency (ahead of the UK and US), they were evaluating the UNDP’s flagship publication, the Human Development Report (HDR). Over the long term, […]

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The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Synthesis > novelty in a big new UN report.

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The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World. Synthesis > novelty in a big new UN report.

Of the big reports that spew forth from the multilateral system, some break new ground in terms of research or narratives, while others usefully recap the latest thinking on a given issue. Last week’s 2013 Human Development Report, The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, falls into the latter category, pulling […]

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What does the UN’s first Africa Human Development Report say about food security?

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How can we improve the way we measure poverty? The UN's new poverty index (and groovy graphics)

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How important is growth to improvements in health and education? Not at all, says a new UN paper

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Want to help write this year's Human Development Report?

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Migration and Development: lead author of this year's Human Development Report responds to my review

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