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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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UNDP deputy regional director sends message of hope to Yemen

A few years ago, she was unable to say a word in front of a stranger. She was very shy and timid. But now, she is sitting with senior delegates of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) during a lunch organized by the Youth Economic Empowerment Project in which she was involved as a beneficiarymore

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UNDP help empower women and reduce poverty in rural areas

Making ends meet is what Fatima and other women in Sharg Al-Nil area struggle to achieve each day. With rapid increases in living expenses and diminishing work opportunities, securing a decent living to families becomes more of a challenge every day. In a country where poverty is affecting almost more

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UNDP and alternative livelihoods to piracy

Starting a business with limited resources in the Somali coastal district of Eyl is difficult – especially for a woman Despite the challenges, Bisharo’s small café in Eyl is thriving. A UNDP micro-grant and small business training helped her set up the cafe, and Bisharo is now supporting her four chmore

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UNDP and the UK boost Cooperation in Supporting of the Health Care Center in Bekaa Area

“Despite the poverty we are living in, the center has helped me and my kids a lot especially that getting medical care in Lebanon is too expensive.” Said Soua’d Al Shridi, a 32 year-old Syrian beneficiary and a mother of nine kids. Another Lebanese mother who refused to give us personal informationmore

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Renovation of Al Marj Market provides job opportunities for Syrian refugees & Lebanese citizens

“The renovation made by UNDP to this market encouraged people from all over the villages to visit it which increased our income. We are 15 members in this family and we all live out of this business” – Abed al Rehman Alsayed Issa – 26 year- old Syrian living in Lebanon since 2013. “The changes made more

UNDP response to the famine in Somalia

20 February 2012 In response to the famine, which was declared in July 2011, UNDP allocated  US$ 3 million (including 1 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund - CERF) to rapidly expand its emergency employment generation activities to include affected areas. This included cash-for-work imore

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UNDP supported training transforms the life of an ex-militia

Cibaar Hassan Ghedi, an unemployed, ex-militia living in Mogadishu, was not interested in becoming a fisherman. Nevertheless, he decided to attend a training session supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Project. During the training, which targeted ex-militia, Intmore

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Volunteers plant 1,000 trees in rural Khartoum

7 December 2009 By Eszter Farkas, Hungarian, UNV volunteer Public Information Officer in UNMIS Khartoum - Arriving in five buses at the desert village of Wawisi, 50 kilometres north of Khartoum, 150 volunteers set out with the local community to plant 1,000 trees in commemoration of Internatiomore

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Water network sprouts unexpected returns

The first time the water started flowing through the pipes in the dry, remote village of Ashkoot, all that could be heard throughout the community was the sound of “zaghrouta”, the celebratory ululation of joy that is particular to the region. “We were so happy that day, says Fatma Al Hassan. Befomore

Arab Development Challenges Report 2011

This second Development Challenges Report, coming at a time when the region is passing through a critical historical juncture, attempts to go beyond the numbers to uncover processes that have underpinned mutually reinforcing drivers of social, economic and political exclusion.

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