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The woman driving a digital revolution in the Middle East

One of only four women in Jordan’s 28-strong cabinet, Majd Shweikeh may have been brought into government by a tweet. A former CEO at telecoms …

New York helps Paris integrate after terror attacks

A New York city initiative to integrate vulnerable migrants has been repurposed in Paris to combat terrorism after last year’s attacks.<p>The scheme, …

Celebrities have helped turn around failing schools using the arts

Some of the worst-performing schools in America have been turned around by an arts programme mobilising stars like Elton John, Yo Yo Ma and Cameron …

Apolitical talks to Brian Gallant, youngest premier in Canada

Born to parents who worked in fast food restaurants and convenience stores, Brian Gallant made a meteoric ascent to become the youngest regional …

The problem with gov – a millennial's-eye view

At just 24, Nella Brodett is just half the average age in the ministry she has been brought in to shake up. She was hired into Ontario’s tertiary …

A vaccine for violence against children

A vast international effort has been launched to stamp out childhood violence in the same way vaccination has all but eradicated polio.<p>The Global …

Behind the facade: new people, new rules

For decades, the upper echelons of the British civil service have been furnished by the Fast Stream programme, traditionally drawing on graduates …

Diplomats and hackers: when worlds collide

What kinds of people could be more different than diplomats and tech-developers? The first wear midnight-blue suits in the corridors of power; the …

How Britain married charity with business

‘Pay for success’, ‘social impact bonds’, ‘social investment’ – these terms have started popping up in governments all around the globe. But what do …

How the Rust Belt is repopulating itself

A momentous shift is taking place in America’s former industrial heartland. The former powerhouse now known as the Rust Belt – stretching across …

Open Data: should we care?

Excited by the connectivity revolution, governments all over the world are trying to find clever uses for the enormous amounts of digital information …

From jobless to innovating jobs with the White House

In 1978, Virginia Hamilton was an impoverished artist living on a boat. She went to register at the local unemployment office and, much to her …

UN's ex-disarmament chief: how to get dictators to do what you want

As the UN’s High Representative for Disarmament, Angela Kane had to negotiate with member states from a seemingly impossible position: with no real …

"We need good data - not more data - to involve citizens in policymaking"

Named alongside Barack Obama and a Google founder as one of the most innovative people in democracy, Tiago Peixoto is at the forefront of finding …

Ten traits of the modern public servant

If you believe the image of public servants you encounter in much of the popular press, little has changed in the corridors of power since the …

Education

How many people does it take to change 10bn lightbulbs?

The headline-grabbing agreement at the Paris climate conference in December overshadowed another significant international climate deal concluded in …

How government can get banks to invest in children

In the Western Cape of South Africa, a former doctor called Tracey Naledi is developing a new type of funding to help government extend essential …

Q&A: How government can get money to cutting-edge clean energy tech

Teryn Norris was an undergraduate studying public policy at Stanford when he got a phone call asking him to take a Presidential appointment at the US …

Public service isn't rocket science – or is it?

An astrophysicist by training and experience, Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño joined the World Bank in January 2015, intending to use the scientific tools …

Cleaning up the Olympics

The Guanabara Bay, which will host sailing, rowing and even swimming events at this year’s Rio Olympics, is so polluted that at a test event in the …

The anti-viral app

In 2011, 352 people died of dengue fever in the Pakistani state of Punjab. The following year, no one died, and deaths have been minimal since …

In Syria's self-proclaimed 'free areas', local councils are building democracy

Thousands of feet below the bombers in the Syrian sky, a race is already on to assert and build irreconcilable versions of the country’s future.<p>In …

How the UK has improved stroke care by shutting down hospitals

On Good Friday 2013, Shani Shamah, a 56-year-old mother of four, was in her North London kitchen making some food for her mother, who had had a hip …

Project X: experiments in tomorrow's government

The head of the world’s longest-running government innovation lab says that today’s fashionable ideas of design thinking, user experience and rapid …