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Honey for peace in Darfur

  South Darfur is known as a troubled region beset by years of endemic conflict, poverty, destruction of natural resources, and deterioration of livelihoods. However, the land is also a dynamic region that defies its popular conception as intractably and inevitably conflict-ridden. Recently, nemore

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A glimpse of hope for better times ahead

Raqqa, once a prosperous province that hosted one of the capitals of Harun Al-Rashid, the famous Abbasid Caliph, has seen a dramatic downturn in recent years. Even before the crisis in March 2011, the Raqqa population grappled with some of the worst development indicators in the country. The governomore

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A kindergarten story from Sudan

Khartoum November 2012 - Aisha Jumma, or Mamma Aish as the young boys and girls in her kindergarten call her, is one of 300 female ex-combatants who received reintegration support package in 2011 as part of UNDP's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan. Following tramore

A smile from an internally displaced people’s camp

 Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991. Ibrahim’s fammore

A sustainable income at last

 Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.   “Since 1992, my life has been full of despair. I had no income. My frmore

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Building a sustainable democracy in Libya

A year ago, Khadija Baba would not have considered engaging in any independent civil society or political activities in her home town of Tripoli. Not only was such activity forbidden under the former regime in Libya, but it would have likely landed the university student in prison. Now, with supportmore

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Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh start

Rushing about her teashop in downtown Eyl, a coastal village in Somalia, Bisharo Abdi looks the part of a busy young shopowner. However, behind this chatty young entrepenuer is a complex story. Life for Bisharo has been difficult. She was born into to a poor family in Eyl and orphaned when she was jmore

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Basic farming inputs help Yemeni famers re-establish their agro-businesses

Hajj Ahmad Sayed, 61 years old, was one of hundreds of farmers who benefited from the distribution of fertilizer and seeds, which was implemented by UNDP in late 2012 in northern governorate of Sa’ada, Yemen. After three years of the last round of conflict in Sa’ada, the economic recovery remains frmore

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Bringing back the smile: Zuhria's story

By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq   Zuhria Ahmed Yonis was only 15 years old when she lost one of her legs.   "It was spring time. I went with my mother and friends to harvest, when suddenly a mine exploded under my feet,”  Zuhria said.   Zmore

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Businesses bloom in Sudan

Picking flowers is not generally considered hazardous, but Alhadi Ibrahim Muhammed is using a gargara for his protection as he plucks blooms from a hibiscus plant. The small, metal tool allows him to avoid painful skin reactions as he picks the colourful crop.   Muhammed, a 45-year-old farmer imore

Featured Publications
Preventing Crisis, Enabling Recovery: BCPR Annual Report 2011

Disasters, violent conflict, and economic and climate-related turbulence continue to claim lives, destroy economies and livelihoods, and undermine development progress for millions of people. Crisis prevention, recovery and reducing the vulnerability of countries to catastrophe are cornerstones of UNDP’s work.

Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract

Based upon an extensive stocktaking of UNDP’s experience in crisis affected contexts, Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract provides insights on new approaches to governance promotion, analysis and programming adapted to the 21st century challenges of fragility.

Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development: Investing in Prevention and Resilient Recovery

Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty. If disaster risk isn’t well managed, the consequences are manifold. Disaster risk reduction is, therefore, an investment worth making by all countries. Every dollar spent reducing people’s vulnerability to disasters saves around seven dollars in economic losses.