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UNDP supported training transforms the life of an ex-militia

Cibaar Hassan Ghedi, an unemployed, ex-militia living in Mogadishu, was not interested in becoming a fisherman. Nevertheless, he decided to attend a training session supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Project. During the training, which targeted ex-militia, Int more

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Vocational training, social and economic empowerment of cluster bomb affected communities project

  As of the 2000 Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon, UNDP commenced its program in the region by working with communities on the advancement of human, economic and social development. In partnership with the Council of Development and Reconstruction, the UNDP assisted the various villages more

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Waiting out the winter in Lebanon

Last winter was bitter for Hassan Ahmad and his family of 11. After they fled their home in Damascus, they found shelter in Lebanon, in a cramped two-room apartment with a leaky ceiling, no doors and no hot water. "A relative of mine offered us these rooms," says Ahmad, whose Damascus hom more

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When economic and education empowerment pave the way for success

Divorced in 2010, Hala Da’lsa, 29, a refugee at Al Bureej Camp in Gaza, was left devastated and alone to provide for herself. She embarked on an uncertain journey to start her own business making long black traditional dresses—Abayas. Her chances of success were not high, but the stakes left no room more

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Woman lifts her family out of poverty in the West Bank

Starting a business with limited resources in East Jerusalem, West Bank, is a challenge — especially for women. For Inayat Nageeb, a housewife and a mother of three sons and two daughters, life has not been easy. Her husband works as a guard at a mosque, with a monthly income of approximately US $80 more

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Women play major role in Tunisia's historic election

Azza Badra was one of thousands of women in Tunisia who competed for a seat in the country’s national elections on 23 October, the first since the dramatic pro-democracy shift in January this year and since its independence in 1956. Badra, a mother of two, ran as a Green Tunisia Party candidate more

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Youth volunteers train for a better future for Darfur

Yusra, a young woman from East Darfur, had always wanted to work with her community to help people improve their lives. “Because of the conflict, we have so many problems such as poverty, low-income and lack of quality education. I didn’t know how and where I could start,” she says.  For thous more

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“ Grateful for my sister” a friendship is forged in Abyei

Hawa Deng, a tall Dinka woman, garbed in a red tobe, smiles as she recalls the time when she was due to give birth to her youngest son, “I was due for delivery and my husband wasn’t at home then. It was a difficult situation and I couldn’t think what I should be doing. But I will always be grateful more

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