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Classrooms promote peace in Sudan

In Mazmoom in Sennar State, things are tense. The normally quiet village in the south-east corner of Sudan has been the scene of conflict in recent months. More than 3,800 returnee Sudanese, including some 1,800 ex-fighters, are trying to establish new homes and farms in the small community.  M more


Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day

10 November 2010 Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the more


Community dialogue contributes to peaceful co-existence in Abyei

In Majak County of Abyei Area, Santino Daho like many other young people in his age has spent most of his youth in an environment of instability and violence.   “Our parents have lived with conflict for many years and now passing it on to my generation. I do not see the future getting better. more


Dignity restored - Maryam's story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq Maryam lives with her husband and two children in a small and dilapidated house in Penjwen.  She was injured by an unexploded ordnance in 1982.  After her accident, she was isolated  until she wa more


Fishermen reel in shared profit

By Jaime Jacques* Red Sea - “You can always tell when you are getting near the sea, says 50-year old Ali Abu Ali. “The air feels different; cooler against your skin.” Ali and most of the men in his village have been fishing most of their lives. For them, fishing is more than a job, it is a way o more

From casual labourer to skilled worker

 Ever since Mohamed Khalif*, 24, started on-the-job masonry training, he has been a different man. He is now all smiles and full of hope.   Mohamed developed skills in masonry after being recruited as an unskilled worker in the Gaheyr School rehabilitation project, which is being impleme more


From piracy to entrepreneurism: Social reintegration programme turning young Somalis’ lives around

13 February 2012 At just 27, Bosasso resident Mohamed Ahmed Jama has already spent three years in jail for piracy-related activities. Like many young Somalis, the lure of prosperity associated with piracy outweighed the risks. After his release from prison, Mohamed may have been drawn back into more

From soldier to businessman

 Ali Mohamed Adan, a former soldier in the Somali military, and subsequently a member of the Puntland security forces, left his military training behind to start his own business when he failed to sustain his family on his meager stipend.   Back in his hometown of Qardho, Puntland, where j more

From survival to livelihood

Thursday, 09 September 2010 The life of Farhia Mohamed Ali, 27, has been miserable and poverty-stricken ever since she was young. Farhia lives with her three brothers and four sisters in a small house in the Mogadishu. Her parents died in the civil war in 1995.  “I was left alone when I was 1 more


Hargeisa shop owner makes a small loan go a long way

Before taking a $300 loan through UNDP’s microfinance initiative, Canab Abdi Daud struggled to make ends meet. Her small Hargeisa shop rarely turned a profit, and as a result, she could often not afford basic essential items for herself and her family, and also at times found herself unable to aff more

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Preventing Crisis, Enabling Recovery: BCPR Annual Report 2011

Disasters, violent conflict, and economic and climate-related turbulence continue to claim lives, destroy economies and livelihoods, and undermine development progress for millions of people. Crisis prevention, recovery and reducing the vulnerability of countries to catastrophe are cornerstones of UNDP’s work.

Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract

Based upon an extensive stocktaking of UNDP’s experience in crisis affected contexts, Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract provides insights on new approaches to governance promotion, analysis and programming adapted to the 21st century challenges of fragility.

Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development: Investing in Prevention and Resilient Recovery

Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty. If disaster risk isn’t well managed, the consequences are manifold. Disaster risk reduction is, therefore, an investment worth making by all countries. Every dollar spent reducing people’s vulnerability to disasters saves around seven dollars in economic losses.