The hidden danger - Hakim’s story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children.  He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate and previously worked as a guard at a government’s office.  more


The journey of a thousand miles

When Ayman Ramdan, a student in the University of Tripoli left his home early on 28 June 2012 he had a long day ahead of him – The “Open Day to encourage Electoral Participation of University Youth.” He was joining 15 other students who trained the day before on how to educate their university peers more


The prospect of a greener Kuwait

Along with UNDP Kuwait, there are several agencies in the field trying to keep the public’s attention on this issue. For example, a number of agencies teamed up to commemorate World Environment Day along with UNDP Kuwait. The event highlighted the main issues in protecting the marine environment in more


Towards a culture of tolerance and peace - UNDP trains teachers on peace building and conflict resolution skills

For three consecutive days, Theodora Jaafar, a teacher working in the public school of Al Qasr northern village drove around three hours daily to attend the “peace building and conflict resolution skills” training for public schools teachers, led by UNDP in partnership with UNHCR. “I wanted to benef more


Traditional elders in Puntland firm up on human rights

Monday, 09 August 2010 20-24 July, Garowe – Clan elders from Puntland as well as representatives from their communities held a state conference to review the progress in aligning customary law (Xeer) with international Human rights and the Shari’ah, to ensure that it protects the rights of vulner more

Transforming "Brain Drain" into "Brain Gain"

12 March 2009 The migration of highly skilled human resources is a growing problem in Lebanon. The Lebanese government and many policy-makers, concerned by this "brain drain" have been trying to attract the national expatriates back to their home country to participate in their nation bu more


Transitional justice process helps Tunisians move forward

When former president Ben Ali fled Tunisia on 14 January 2011 under the tremendous pressure of popular demonstrations, he only closed the first chapter of the story of the new Tunisia. Tunisians moved on confidently along the route of democratic transition, selecting a new president, electing a cons more


Tunisia: Changing the world in three simple steps: volunteer, inspire, advocate

Young Doctors Without Borders is a Tunisian NGO founded in 1993, whose principal mission is to participate in the improvement of the quality of life in Tunisia in general, and more specifically in its most impoverished areas. Activities include health caravans, community-based health education or a more


UN brings together opposing Sudanese tribes in historic peace talks

Abyei - Amidst the cheering, drumming and dancing of women from Sudan’s Missiriya tribe in Um Khaer village in the Sudanese county of Abyei, a group of Missiriya representatives from this traditionally nomadic tribe gathered on December 14, 2009 for a historic meeting with representatives from the more

UNDP pushes high-gear with Syria’s private sector through the compact

By Muhammad Agha, Project Director, UN Global Compact Syria The past ten years provided a unique opportunity for the private sector (PS) to engage in high level dialogue with governments from around the world and identify promising trends and opportunities for business community contribution to t more