Many Asian cities are in the forefront of innovation – for cleaner, greener, and smarter cities. Innovation, specifically social innovation, is recognized as means for promoting greater administrative efficiency and transforming services in order to improve the quality of life in urban environments. But the use of innovation by cities and their municipal administration varies. Often, social and political limitations inhibit innovation. How can cities overcome these challenges? Paradoxically, innovation as an approach can also be the solution itself to address structural limitations. Innovation can aid cities to engage and collaboratively co-design solutions with the public. This brown bag lecture will touch upon how and why social innovation can be a way to bring about structural changes – based on practical project experiences.
About the speaker
Ms. Reddy has over 10 years of experience working in the development sector, and is currently working on projects to support urban innovation. She has also experience in working on supporting governments to strengthen their anti-corruption efforts, local governance systems and civic engagement. She has worked in several countries such as Liberia, Norway (UNDP Oslo Governance Center), and Iraq. She also worked for Care International in Rwanda.
Currently resides in Bangkok and works for the UNDP Regional Office. She has a Master’s in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York.
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