Our Perspective

Bangladesh | Crowdsourcing flash-flood warnings that race the waters downstream

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Fast-moving waters that descend from the Himalayan foothills can sweep away houses, flatten crops and leave a trail of death and destruction in a matter of hours. UNDP Photo.

Alerting people about the imminent onrush of flash floods in northern Bangladesh (located along the highest rainfall zone in South Asia) would help save lives especially those of the elderly and children from the rush of oncoming waters.... Read more

In Nepal, social media games battle gender stereotypes

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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

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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?

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PANORAMA OF THE BANGLADESHI CAPITAL, DHAKA. PHOTO: AL-EMRUN GARJON

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

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Each 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