UNDP-EU partnership: stories from the field

Here you will find stories that illustrate the partnership between UNDP and the Europan Union in the field. Given that our partnership covers 140 countries and spans over a decade, these stories represent just a fraction of what we do together. They are however important as they show what difference our partnership makes in the lives of people. They show how we help empower people and support the building of resilient nations.

Our Stories

  • One year on, Albania remembers its deadliest floodsMar 14, 2016One year on, Albania remembers its deadliest floodsAli is a shepherd from Suhe Village in Gjirokaster, in southern Albania. Each day he rises at dawn to care for his grass-fed sheep. He makes a living by selling the milk he gets from the sheep to a local processor.

  • Armenia: What it takes to be a woman in local governanceMar 4, 2016Armenia: What it takes to be a woman in local governanceA joint EU-UNDP Women in Local Democracy project, which commenced in April 2012, works to help women in all ten regions of Armenia to better participate in the governance processes of their communities.

  • Drawing an FGM-free future in EgyptMar 4, 2016Drawing an FGM-free future in EgyptThe village of Baroud in Qena governorate, Egypt, was preparing for a special Sunday: people came from the neighboring villages, boys wore their traditional “galabya” and rehearsed a folkloric dance, while girls displayed drawings telling their personal stories of genital mutilation. Boys, parents, teachers and local authorities came together to support and denounce Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

  • Access to justice for 27 million rural BangladeshisMar 4, 2016Access to justice for 27 million rural BangladeshisPabitra Bala is a 65 year old widow from Magura district in rural Bangladesh. She is extremely poor with very few belongings, earning only a small income of 1000 BDT (USD 13) a month from laboring on her neighbor’s land and begging in the town.

  • In Somaliland, local communities benefit from decentralizationJan 12, 2016In Somaliland, local communities benefit from decentralizationIn Somalia, a UN joint programme funded by various donors, including the EU, is working to empower local authorities and improve service delivery, especially to the most vulnerable communities.

  • The resilient women of Syria Dec 24, 2015The resilient women of SyriaAisha fled with her husband and their five children from the devastating conditions in Aleppo and took refuge at a shelter in Tartous governorate, Syria. At the beginning, Aisha and her family lived in a very small room that they barely fit in and their living conditions were devastating.