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 over 100 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

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Street children in China see hope for a better future

To the average observer, eleven year old Wang Nan* and fifteen year old Li Dong* look like any other boys their age. But what might seem like an ordinary life on the surface hides a quite extraordinary childhood. Roaming the streets in gangs by day, the boys spent their nights at ATM booths, beggingmore

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Strengthening safety and security in South East Europe

“The world is over-armed and peace is under-funded” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon warned in August 2012 at the 62nd UN DPI/NGO annual conference. In 2011, global military expenditure accounted for $1.74 trillion a year ($4.6 billion a day), while global development assistance amounted for $133.5 more

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Support to the further implementation of local administration reform in Turkey

Local administration reform initiatives of Turkey stands in the midst of the robust reform agenda of the Government of Turkey, with an aim of strengthening the basis for citizen-centered service delivery with an increased responsiveness to the expectations and needs of the disadvantaged groups, imprmore

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Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hecmore

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Survivors of Pakistan's floods lay foundations for new homes

Struggling to help her husband with a long-term respiratory illness when their wooden house was swept away by catastrophic flooding in the north of Pakistan, Gul Numa, over 80 years old, survived the initial weeks of August in a makeshift camp. Numa and her husband, Sayed Qalandar Shah, 90, were more

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The taboo has been broken: Fighting Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt

"When I first went into the villages in 2005 to talk to people about abandoning Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), one grandmother screamed at me: 'if this girl doesn't have her thing [clitoris] cut off, I will cut off her head,'" recounts Himat, a coordinator working in the Upper Egyptian gmore