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"Now I exist": Delivering identity cards in Burundi

Those of us possessing an identity card can imagine how things would be without one. Those of us who don’t possess one don’t need to imagine. We know. We know we can’t vote, can’t be heard, and certainly can’t run for office. But it doesn’t stop there. Mayisha Sikitu lives in Buyenzi, a neighbourhoo more

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Bangladeshi micro-credit model helps empower Zambian women

Just two years ago, Elizabeth Sakala-Banda, a mother of seven in Zambia’s eastern Petauke district, was unemployed and had no way of knowing that an Asian micro-credit scheme could turn her life around, and help put her children through school.  During 2010, Elizabeth and some 829 other women j more

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Benin: New opportunities for young graduates

Faced with the difficulty of finding new employment in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, Philippe and Ulrich, two brothers from a poor background decided to launch their own fruit juice distribution business after finishing their university studies. Nowadays, both brothers command a salary, and recruit more

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Blacksmiths rebuilding hope from the rubble in Ghana

On the fringes of the once-dreaded town of Yendi – in the district of the same name in northeastern Ghana – sits middle-aged Abukari Abdulai in the shade of a rundown blacksmith’s shop. Abdulai is the Secretary of the Boriguyili Blacksmiths Association. Such artisans have long been accused of being more

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Building environmental sustainability, one village at a time

Peter Kilalo, a 25-year old community teacher from the village of Kaminzekezeke in Northwestern Zambia, has been recently appointed to serve as the local “Muzovu” or Awareness Project Officer. His task is to provide environmental awareness lessons to elementary school children in the Northwestern p more

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Burundi: Reintegration efforts provide incomes and help to rebuild lives

For Marie-Chantal Misago in southwest Burundi, the road she is helping to rebuild to a nearby health centre and school is a sign of how things have improved since the war ended in 2005. “The crisis ran so deep, I would never have imagined myself working with all these different groups of people,” sa more

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Cameroon community to return home after lake explosion

Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock perished. "I lost more than 21 members of my family and all our more

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Central African Republic: Entrepreneurs build businesses through micro-credits

With conflict raging once again in the small, beleaguered Central African Republic, protecting the businesses, savings and livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable communities has become one of many priorities. A micro-finance programme, implemented by UNDP and is partners, was designed to he more

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Multi-use engines drive women's empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Before the installation of a diesel-fueled engine, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness each night. The only light would be cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman, Kadia Kone.  This scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where 9 more

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Ethiopia: Cultivating agriculture, cutting poverty

Ethiopia aims to become a middle-income country in the next 15 years. But despite high economic growth rates, it struggles with poverty and food insecurity. For development to be successful, benefits must be widely shared. That’s why UNDP has focused a significant portion of its support to Ethiopia more

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