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Renovated market gives traders a boost

Determined to provide for her family after her husband was killed, mother-of-six Mana Abdulle Abukar started selling fruits and vegetables at the Hoosh Market in Somalia’s Dharkenley District. Despite her best efforts, Mana couldn’t make a decent living because of the market’s terrible conditions.more

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Resilience-based Development Response to the crisis in Syria and neighbouring Countries

Four years into the conflict in Syria, close to 60 percent of the population is either internally displaced or has fled the country. The fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements —perhaps by decades. In addition to killing more than 120,000 people and dispmore

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Resilient youth in Deir Ezzor are the arm for positive change

After three years of escalating conflict, Syria is still witnessing a deepening economic crisis, loss of livelihoods, and deteriorating coping mechanisms. In addition to poverty and economic disparity, there is a large proportion of youth who are unemployed and increasingly disillusioned. Deir Ezzormore

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Rio +20 taking it forward in Iraq

By: Arouna Roshanian, UNDP Iraq With the support of UNDP Iraq, a delegation from Iraqi private sector and the Government attended the Rio+20 on Sustainable Development. The delegation, including four representatives from the private sector, two from the Government and one from UNDP Iraq, attendmore

Somali farmers win the battle against erosion

Farming communities in Sogsogley and Ashado valleys in Boroma have overcome serious land degradation problems through a UNDP project that provided them with employment opportunities. Under the Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) project, the community members strategically fought the eromore

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Somali youth feel hopeful, despite challenges

Ali became an orphan a few years ago when his parents died in explosion.  As the eldest of three children, Ali, 21, set off in search of work and landed a job at a security checkpoint in order to earn enough money to feed himself and his two younger siblings.  While wielding a gun, his daimore

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Somaliland’s first female national deputy prosecutor

Khadra Hussein Mohammad, 28, is Somaliland’s National Deputy Prosecutor – the first woman to hold such a position in Somaliland. As part of an ongoing process to increase the number of officials with formal legal education in Somaliland, like Khadra, UNDP supports long-term legal education and job pmore

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Strengthening renewable energy and energy efficiency market in Lebanon

The UNDP-CEDRO project is a unique initiative in Lebanon that is moving and strengthening the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) market in Lebanon by installing small-scale renewable energy systems and promoting energy efficiency measures in various public institutions in Lebanon. Sprmore

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Students in South Darfur learn about AIDS

  “The first time I delivered a baby I felt so nervous. I thought can I or can’t I really do this?” says 18-year old Nafiza Abdallah as she sits outside her home in the small fishing village of Ofud in Blue Nile State. “But then I thought about my community and how I wanted to make it better,more

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Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hecmore