Over the next decade, Serbia's population could decrease by 6.7 percent - the steepest decline in the Western Balkans, according to a study commissioned by UNDP.
UNDP is supporting Serbia to reframe depopulation beyond the issues of migration and fertility, proactively adapting to the new demographic reality. Applying the Finnish Innovation Fund's studio approach, UNDP brought together global experts in demography, ageing, migration, and economics to craft a portfolio of integrated solutions in January 2020. The goals include developing a ‘Global Serbia' that connects with its sizeable diaspora, establishing a 22nd century education for future work, and engaging Serbians 50 years and older as contributors rather than as social and economic burdens. UNDP is now creating a fund and designing an 'architecture of solutions', in partnership with others, to help operationalise these suggestions at entry points identified by the UNDP Accelerator Lab. This new approach also helped UNDP to quickly respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, drawing on new partnerships in the tech community and leveraging lessons learned from the design of an integrated solutions portfolio.
The studio approach was developed by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra to help...
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Borrowing from the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and its studio approach, UNDP is supporting Uruguay to rethink its development track and pivot towards systemic change. In December 2019, UNDP deployed a team of eight people with expertise in strategic design, impact investment, social protection and climate economics, to devise a strategic vision for the country and identify a top 10 list of implementable opportunities – to shift the economic base from extractives to knowledge. UNDP is currently working with the new administration to implement the proposals. These include boosting citizen engagement around the investment through a co-design process, creating a fund for women's economic empowerment to help transform the country's economy ('Mujeres Innovadoras'), and designing an 'architecture of solutions' for children and youth to tackle urban inequalities in the areas impacted by the new pulp mill. Learn more about the proposals here.