• Ageing is not a matter of choice, but our attitude toward the elderly is

        19 Dec 2014

        Blog post by Marija Brkovic, intern at the UNDP in Montenegro Photo by: Mediabox/Milos Vujovic

        How often do we, so young and full of vigour, always on the run, stop to ask ourselves what happens with the people who are alone or far away from their loved ones? How often do we think about those who have been surrendered to solitude and negligence in their old age? Winter is approaching, and we need to think about how we can  help the elderly, helpless people left on their own in some of the most inaccessible regions of Montenegro. We have recently visited some of those people in their remote homes, and once again we witnessed their solitude and that they live on the verge of existence, right in the middle of nowhere. Concrete floors, stove with no smokestack, solitude and empty stomach sometimes. Some of them forgotten and abandoned by their families, some of them without any family, relatives or friends- they are facing the days that go by all by themselves. Is it possible to neglect your own parent, brother, aunt? How is it possible not to have anyone around to chop the wood, light the fire, buy groceries? The people we have visited were very happy that somebody even just showed up at their door.  Read More

      • UNDP and UNICEF in Montenegro: Putting Innovation in the Center

        30 May 2014

        Blog post by Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative and Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro

        What does the future hold for Montenegro, with its trajectory from being influenced by conflict and sanctions in the 90s to becoming an upper middle income country on a rapid paced EU integration process in 2014? Delayed transition has unleashed many previously unknown opportunities and challenges without experienced institutions ready to address them. Undoubtedly, social cohesion and economic development in 21st century Montenegro will be increasingly dependent on innovation. UNDP and UNICEF in Montenegro have jointly committed to harness the spirit of innovation to support government and civil society in driving through reforms for development and human rights. But “the spirit of innovation” cannot be developed through a matrix or an online UN learning programme. Rather it requires a shift in mindset, and indeed values and modelling leadership that embraces what global innovation experts identify as the key pre-requisites for innovation: collaboration across sectors and change in organizational cultures, empowering staff and rewarding proactive approach, open sourcing, curiosity and creativity, grit and willingness and ability to fail and be wrong. It also requires a shift from a culture of carefully planned risk-averse projects to agile and adaptable trial and error interventions and learning while doing. For us, innovation in Montenegro is  Read More

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