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Syria: Restoring Roman wells to bring relief

In Syria's rural areas, long-abandoned Roman wells have become more than a relic of a bygone civilization. For communities struggling to cope with the disastrous ongoing conflict, these ancient wells, dug more than 2,000 years ago, have now become a means of survival. Fighting is now entering its thmore

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Taking steps towards human development

Human development is the core of UNDP’s work across the globe. This notion is one of the reasons why UNDP strives to accomplish so much in all countries of operation. Kuwait is no exception. The programmes at UNDP Kuwait aid this progress and help formulate ideas that will compliment the steps towamore

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A young woman’s pursuit of proclaiming her existence

At 28, Nesma is the principal provider for her children and husband, who is living with a disability. Like many others in Egypt, her family is struggling for food, shelter and education due to the challenging economic situation. So when Nesma heard about the Citizenship Initiative, a project aimed more

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The Lebanese army supports civilians in hot spot areas

The Civil-Military cooperation  integrates military capacities into a collective response to human need. The UNDP supports the Lebanese Army Civil-Military Cooperation for enhanced relief, stabilization and peacebuilding. “I have been treated by many doctors for my Allergy problems, heart problmore

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The hidden danger - Hakim’s story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children.  He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate and previously worked as a guard at a government’s office.  more

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The journey of a thousand miles

When Ayman Ramdan, a student in the University of Tripoli left his home early on 28 June 2012 he had a long day ahead of him – The “Open Day to encourage Electoral Participation of University Youth.” He was joining 15 other students who trained the day before on how to educate their university peersmore

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The prospect of a greener Kuwait

Along with UNDP Kuwait, there are several agencies in the field trying to keep the public’s attention on this issue. For example, a number of agencies teamed up to commemorate World Environment Day along with UNDP Kuwait. The event highlighted the main issues in protecting the marine environment inmore

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Towards a culture of tolerance and peace - UNDP trains teachers on peace building and conflict resolution skills

For three consecutive days, Theodora Jaafar, a teacher working in the public school of Al Qasr northern village drove around three hours daily to attend the “peace building and conflict resolution skills” training for public schools teachers, led by UNDP in partnership with UNHCR. “I wanted to benefmore

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Traditional elders in Puntland firm up on human rights

Monday, 09 August 2010 20-24 July, Garowe – Clan elders from Puntland as well as representatives from their communities held a state conference to review the progress in aligning customary law (Xeer) with international Human rights and the Shari’ah, to ensure that it protects the rights of vulnermore

Transforming "Brain Drain" into "Brain Gain"

12 March 2009 The migration of highly skilled human resources is a growing problem in Lebanon. The Lebanese government and many policy-makers, concerned by this "brain drain" have been trying to attract the national expatriates back to their home country to participate in their nation bumore