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

In Bhutan, 'ain’t no mountain high enough'

Eventually, videoconferencing facilities could be used to enable citizens from across Bhutan and parliamentarians to meet virtually to discuss issues of concern. Photo Courtesy of National Assembly of Bhutan

As an advocate for innovation, UNDP is leading the development of a Virtual Zomdu, (Zomdu: a meeting of residents of villages or communities), together with project partners in Bhutan. ... Read more

In the Maldives, mobile text messages that make for greener, cleaner islands

There are over 600,000 mobile phone subscribers in the Maldives for a national population of only half as much. UNDP Photo

Google the Maldives on your browser. The images that populate your browser window are often of pristine island resorts or of Malé, the overcrowded capital city. There is a ‘third’ Maldives that people often forget exists; a side of the Maldives that tourists will seldom see...... Read more

Saving our Tuna

The UNDP/Discovery Asia documentary, Saving our Tuna, points to a few of the means that are used to keep the catch in check. The aim of the film, which recently aired on Discovery Channel in Asia, is to raise awareness about the complex issues related to sustainability in our oceans.... Read more

In Viet Nam, community homesteads are the new law schools

Vulnerable groups have among the lowest rates of access to justice services in Viet Nam. UN Photo.

In the past decade, Viet Nam has achieved impressive economic growth and human development, but it is increasingly evident that justice services have not been able to keep pace with these rapid changes.... Read more