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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 fr more

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Bedouin handicrafts goes global through small businesses

Since 2006, Yosra El Sayed, a 25-year-old mother of a two, had been struggling for the survival of her small Bedouin handicraft shop, which competes against the big bazaars of Beer El Abed in Northwest Sinai. Yosra has an innate talent that yields high quality products, but without the adequate mana more

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Boosting economic growth

Securing livelihoods and ensuring access to education and healthcare services have been at the centre of UNDP’s mission to reduce poverty around the world. In the Arab region, the unmet needs of a young population that still suffers from the highest rates of unemployment can no longer be ignored. In more

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Borama Mayor proud of his district’s achievements

The Mayor of Borama is proud of the service delivery improvements his district has made with the support of the United Nations. The mayor’s pride is reflected in the numerous awards that decorate his desk, including one from the UN Joint Program on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Deliver more

Borama communities successfully battle soil erosion

Monday, 01 March 2010 Years of support to communities in Sogsogley and Ashado in Borama have begun to bear fruit. The communities are now pushing back the threats to their livelihoods brought on by land degradation. Sogsogley and Ashado are among the fertile valleys of Awdal region, where the cu more

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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.   Z more

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Building inclusive societies

In the wake of the series of popular uprisings that have swept the Arab region over the past two years, UNDP responded to the urgent call for political reform, and for transitional governments to effectively meet the aspirations of men and women, including youth, who envision their future in a more more

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Buray flood control dykes changes life at Khadijo Haji village

By Clement Tulezi, Publications and Information Officer, UNDP Somalia In the Gedo region of Somalia, water from seasonal streams runs freely in the Dawa and Jubba rivers. Communities and Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) who live along these streams live in abject poverty. They lack resources more

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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 i more

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Caravan for peace

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 At first encounter, they could pass for 20 year olds. Their voices and agility is amazing. But, they have been around much longer. Most of them are in the 50s and 60s. Yet, their voices and acting prowess are as fresh as ever. They have educated and entertained thousands more