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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

Water reservoirs come with extra rewards

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 The Employment Generation for Early Recovery Project (EGER) has changed the lives of a couple in Galoole, Sallahley District, Somaliland. Bashir Isman Ali* and his wife Fadhumo Amin Ali* can today talk of how proceeds from the project helped them to set up a small restaumore

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When economic and education empowerment pave the way for success

Divorced in 2010, Hala Da’lsa, 29, a refugee at Al Bureej Camp in Gaza, was left devastated and alone to provide for herself. She embarked on an uncertain journey to start her own business making long black traditional dresses—Abayas. Her chances of success were not high, but the stakes left no roommore

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With the right economic and social policies, Arab countries can achieve MDGs by 2015

The Arab region has achieved progress in many MDGs, including significant strides in health and education, says a recently launched UN Report. However, there have been setbacks and constraints attributable to several factors, including the relatively poor economic performance in the 1990s and earlymore

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Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank

Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mother of three sons and two daughters, life has not been easy. Her husband works as a guard at a mosque, with a monthly income of approximately US $80more

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Yemen: Women painters brush up on job skills

Beside stuccoed walls at the 7th of July Girls School in the capital city of Sana'a, there is an unusual sight for Yemen: seventeen young women in light blue aprons are hard at work painting. “I'm happy to learn this new skill so I can take care of my 3-year-old daughter,” says Yusra*, an 18-year-olmore

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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