Libya's historic elections: Youth activists pave way for future role

When Ayman Ramdan, a student at the University of Tripoli in Libya, left his home early on 28 June, he had a long day ahead of him. With just over a week before the country’s first free multi-party elections in six decades, he was joining 15 other student activists for the Open Day to Encourage Elecmore


Libyans turn out to vote in landmark elections, women’s role lauded

10 Jul 2012

Millions of Libyans went to the polls Sunday to vote in the country’s first free nationwide elections in nearly five decades, to select representatives to the General National Congress (GNC) which will serve as an interim parliament as they draft a new constitution. The 200-seat GNC replaces the Namore


Local development gives Kassala a new lease of life

40 year old Ibtisam Abaker only had primary school education before she got married. Now, she is divorced with five children, the oldest 12, and the youngest, 6. Ibtisam lives in Banat, west of Kassala. She sells mainly kisra, a popular Sudanese bread made from sorghum. She usually wakes up at 2:30 more


Local development helps integrating returning moroccan immigrants

Growing climate variability, intensifying droughts and diminishing water resources over the past decade, have been driving families of Ksar Laachouria and neighbouring oases, in Fezna, in Errachidia Tafilalt region of Morocco, out of the land they have lived on for many years. These fast-progressingmore

Local municipal council members, heads of unions sharpen their mediation techniques

"In the event of any kind of conflict in my village, I will not hesitate to use my newly acquired mediation techniques and test my skills on the ground," explained Nathalie Badran from Asia Municipality in Batroun, North Lebanon. Badran, the only female participant in a program on advancemore

Making justice accessible: the role of the Somalian women lawyers association

The Association of Somali Women Lawyers (ASWL) has made a significant contribution to increasing access to legal justice in Somaliland. The association has continued to provide free legal aid to individuals tried in regional or district courts in Somaliland, leading to speedy hearings and rulings imore


Managing resources for sustainability

The Arab region is home to nine of the world’s ten most waterscarce countries. With the impact of climate change and rising sea levels on coastal countries like Tunisia, water scarcity becomes an immediate concern. On the other hand, the region is rich in natural resources. Its desert climate ensuremore


Marking environment day

10 June 2012 By: Manal Aziza, UNDP Iraq UNDP Iraq participated in an event to mark World Environment Day. The event organised by the Ministry of Environment featured a number of activities including a screening of a film produced by the United Nations on the decade of bio-diversity, a presentamore


Microcredit programme pays off

  A group of men sit outside a shop beside the main road of Wonduruba chatting and drinking cold beverages. A woman rummages through a small cooler and approaches them with another round. As she opens one of the bottles she cracks a joke that gets the crowd going.   Thirty-year old Grace Jmore


Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

1 July 2009 It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice, pasta, flour, and other basic foodstuffs. Aicha Doualeh more