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Resilience-based Development Response to the crisis in Syria and neighbouring Countries

Almost three years into the conflict in Syria, the fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements perhaps by decades. As well as killing more than 120,000 people and displacing 6.5 million, the crisis has caused rampant unemployment and left more than 50 percent more

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Resilient youth in Deir Ezzor are the arm for positive change

After three years of escalating conflict, Syria is still witnessing a deepening economic crisis, loss of livelihoods, and deteriorating coping mechanisms. In addition to poverty and economic disparity, there is a large proportion of youth who are unemployed and increasingly disillusioned. Deir Ezzor more

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Rio +20 taking it forward in Iraq

By: Arouna Roshanian, UNDP Iraq With the support of UNDP Iraq, a delegation from Iraqi private sector and the Government attended the Rio+20 on Sustainable Development. The delegation, including four representatives from the private sector, two from the Government and one from UNDP Iraq, attend more

Somali farmers win the battle against erosion

Farming communities in Sogsogley and Ashado valleys in Boroma have overcome serious land degradation problems through a UNDP project that provided them with employment opportunities. Under the Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) project, the community members strategically fought the ero more

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Somali youth feel hopeful, despite challenges

Ali became an orphan a few years ago when his parents died in explosion.  As the eldest of three children, Ali, 21, set off in search of work and landed a job at a security checkpoint in order to earn enough money to feed himself and his two younger siblings.  While wielding a gun, his dai more

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Strengthening renewable energy and energy efficiency market in Lebanon

The UNDP-CEDRO project is a unique initiative in Lebanon that is moving and strengthening the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) market in Lebanon by installing small-scale renewable energy systems and promoting energy efficiency measures in various public institutions in Lebanon. Spr more

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Students in South Darfur learn about AIDS

  “The first time I delivered a baby I felt so nervous. I thought can I or can’t I really do this?” says 18-year old Nafiza Abdallah as she sits outside her home in the small fishing village of Ofud in Blue Nile State. “But then I thought about my community and how I wanted to make it better, more

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Supporting recovery and local governance in Somalia

It is early morning and Amina[1] has another busy day ahead. The mother of two must get her children off to school and finish some housekeeping before she can attend to her small business, selling second-hand clothes and household supplies beside her corrugated-iron-roofed house. In spite of her hec more

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Syria: Restoring Roman wells to bring relief

In Syria's rural areas, long-abandoned Roman wells have become more than a relic of a bygone civilization. For communities struggling to cope with the disastrous ongoing conflict, these ancient wells, dug more than 2,000 years ago, have now become a means of survival. Fighting is now entering its th more

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Taking steps towards human development

Human development is the core of UNDP’s work across the globe. This notion is one of the reasons why UNDP strives to accomplish so much in all countries of operation. Kuwait is no exception. The programmes at UNDP Kuwait aid this progress and help formulate ideas that will compliment the steps towa more