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Glacial Lake Floods Prevented in Bhutan

The glacial melt waters that sustain hydro power in Bhutan are also a potential source of destruction. Communities in Bhutan’s Punakha-Wangdue and Chamkhar Valleys have been living with the threat of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOF) due to the rapid rate of glacial melting resulting from rising g more

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Making policing count for women in Afghanistan

She was supposed to be an engineer, but Jamila Bayaz was not going to shy away from what she knew was her calling in life. After a year of engineering studies at Kabul University she convinced her family to let her join the police force. That was three decades ago when a career as a policewoman in more

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Mock or Practice Parliaments Help Put More Pacific Women in the House

Pacific island countries have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world. The Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu have no women in Parliament, and as at July 2013 Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga and Marshall Islands had each only one female parliamentarian. This situation more

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New steps ease access for more affordable medicines

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines. Recent years have seen increases in intellectual property protection and enforcement measu more

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Partnering with the Private Sector for improved Municipal Service Delivery in Thimphu, Bhutan

In 2008 the Thimphu Municipality, the capital of Bhutan, requested the support of UNDP to identify structural solutions for its service delivery constraints, especially in solid waste management. The resulting project focused on improving municipal service delivery through Public–Private Partnership more

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Pro-Poor Micro Enterprise Development to Go Nationwide in Nepal

Unemployment is high in Nepal and income generating opportunities are particularly scarce for the eighty-three percent of the population who live in rural areas. Poverty and food insecurity have pushed many towards the capital or overseas in search of work so as to provide for their families. Since more

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Promoting women’s leadership for peace in Asia

Women are often at the front lines of conflict and the hardest hit by war, yet their contributions towards building peace rarely make the headlines.  The N-Peace Awards shine a light on women who demonstrate leadership in building peace and empowering their communities, profiling peace advocate more

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Rural Women Bringing Peace in Papua New Guinea

Education, commitment, sacrifice and full participation in the daily life of her community is the recipe for Lilly Be’Soer’s success as a leader. Lilly recently brought about a peace agreement in a Papua New Guinea Highlands community which had been in conflict for the past four years, and in which more

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Sourcing Solutions through Networking in the Pacific Islands

In the Pacific environment, characterized by multiple regional bodies, donors, and relatively small-size country governments spread across a huge geographic area, the form of interaction provided by the UNDP Solution Exchange network lends itself well to improving development effectiveness.  “. more

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Strengthening governance and service delivery in Aceh Province, Indonesia

The Aceh government is facing important challenges in governance and service delivery within a context of disaster recovery, post-conflict, and a simultaneous move towards a stable democracy. In 2010, UNDP was requested to provide comprehensive support to the Aceh Provincial Government for strengthe more