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New nets help fishermen in Gaza become self-reliant

The Swedish Village, a remote village of fishermen in the far south of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, is home to some 95 households living under extreme poverty. Visitors to the Village – built by the Swedish Government in the 1960s – can immediately see the poor infrastructur more

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New techniques help farmers adapt to climate change in Sudan

Ahmed Eldaw, like his fellow farmers and pastoralists in northern Sudan, used to practice a form of subsistence agriculture that depended solely on the erratic floods of the Atbara River. During periods of exceptionally high flooding, he could expect to grow enough sorghum to provide for his family more

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Nurturing entrepreneurship amidst destruction

J.H. never imagined that her home made business will flourish and the “baytoti” brand will become a household name in Raqqa and neighbouring villages. J., the eldest of her siblings, is the principal breadwinner in a family of six. At 43 and single, she has been earning little income from selling ho more

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On UN day: UNDP/PAPP staff join Palestinian farmers in their olive harvest

By Dania Darwish-Communication Officer UNDP/PAPP Celebrating the UN Day more than 100 UN staff members from eleven UN sister organizations including the UN Special Envoy Mr. Robert Serry and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined the Palestinian farmers harvest their olive trees in Turmusaya village n more

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Opening of the Fallujah maternity and children’s hospital

The city of Fallujah, in Anbar Governorate, is home to approximately 700,000 people. Fallujah experienced some of the greatest violence and conflict in Iraq since May 2003. The city and the surrounding areas were left with severely deteriorated health services and a lack of effective facilities, pa more

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Organic RRP honey a sweet success

  “We believe that honey is medicine,” says 38-year-old Panuel Lorwue.   And since the RRP introduced modern hives and trained beekeepers on how to safely harvest; this sweet nectar is not only healing bodies, but also the economy of Central Equatoria.   As a young boy Lorwue would f more

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Peace Building Clubs connect Lebanese youth with their collective history

A group of Lebanese university students from different sectarian backgrounds set out from Martyr Square in Beirut, in June 2012, on a mission to discover The Bus that they have heard about so often.   Its story was not in their history books, but they heard of it from their parents, who all na more

Peace building and conflict resolution in Kakar

The UNDP is helping forge a peace between villages in Kakar  that have been fighting over scarce water supplies for decades. With UN support, elders from Dhudo village, accompanied by religious elders and the Vice Minister of Justice, the Minister of Women’s Affairs and the Minister of Religio more

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Mobilizing efforts for peace in Sudan

In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcare centre for neighborhood youths a few years after her demobilization has blossomed into something much more. After years of providing support services to the war effort, Ai more

Police recruits trained on HIV & AIDS

New police recruits that UNDP is training at the Armo Police Academy recently received basic police training for three months. Included in the training, on 15 May 2010 was a specific session  on HIV & AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Five hundred and fifty two Police& more