Should megacities be shifting their focus to moving people instead of traffic?

Dhaka’s transport system is hurtling towards ever worsening gridlock and the estimated 3.8 Billion USD economic losses are no doubt rising. Photo: Adam Cohn Licensed under CC4.0.

Before we can even dream of reorienting the transport policy to one that focusses on moving people instead of moving vehicles we need to reach a tipping point where enough people have access to public transport that is acceptable to them. Because if anything more than a small percentage of people consider public transport unacceptable such change will not be achievable.... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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