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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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

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Towards open, but secure borders in the South Caucasus

It is not a secret for anybody that the world has changed drastically in the past two decades. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the “iron curtain,” unification of Europe, war against terror – all of these somehow affected the way we live and the way our states live and interact with more

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Towards social inclusion in Šavnik: Montenegro’s forgotten region

The number of old, lonely and ill people unable to meet their own basic needs continues to grow in rural areas of Montenegro, some of which not connected by any sort of organized transport. Social exclusion has been recognized by the Government of Montenegro as one of major societal challenges, andmore

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Reform of civil service in Somalia gives better services to the people

In Somalia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Union (EU) are helping government institutions to function more effectively and respond to their citizen’s needs. After more than two decades of conflict, the country’s institutions have suffered immensely, as state structumore