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Climate change boosts drought and floods in North Lebanon

There is a seemingly natural incline, among most, to an inexplicable fascination with the weather. Its mention in most casual conversations proves both a simple ice-breaker and a curious insight into human thinking. With the growing frequency of natural disasters brought about by climate change, how more

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Clinic renovation and skills training improve quality of life in Mogadishu

Thousands of people in Mogadishu are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to a newly-renovated health clinic and a skills training program that were supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Program. The Elgab Ambulatory Clinic, located in southern Mogadishu, was more

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Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day

10 November 2010 Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the more

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Community dialogue contributes to peaceful co-existence in Abyei

In Majak County of Abyei Area, Santino Daho like many other young people in his age has spent most of his youth in an environment of instability and violence.   “Our parents have lived with conflict for many years and now passing it on to my generation. I do not see the future getting better. more

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Community farms cultivate food and financial success

By Jaime Jacques* Red Sea - As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water. Dressed in vibrant co more

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Constructing a future for youth in Tunisia

Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia. "From the time I was young, I was fascinated by weaving and I sensed how many women who c more

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Contributing to human security in Darfur

UK Minister for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, had the opportunity to witness the impact of community policing and paralegal support in Abu Shouk Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) camp that is provided by the Paralegal Justice and Confidence Center (JCC) in Darfur. “Now my children more

Council more efficient with new automated system

Monday, 20 September 2010 A visit to Hargeisa Municipal offices in Somaliland captures ones attention. As you enter through the door, you jostle with revenue collection clerks bringing returns, businessmen coming to verify their tax records, councilors tracking some claims, and accounts officials s more

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Creating a culture of leadership and results for Palestinian civil servants

By: Dania Darwish Picture this:  Groups of students huddle around large pieces of paper. The papers are adorned with bright colours and complex diagrams. One teacher praises the students’ work. Another teacher tears it up. The students, all senior members of the Palestinian civil service - a more

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Delivering security, securing deliveries in Darfur

  On a balmy Wednesday afternoon in the “North Darfur Midwifery Training Centre” in El Fasher, thirty young women listen attentively to Reproductive Health Tutor Hawa Osman Ushak, as she discusses the necessity of sanitation when delivering a baby. The women, dressed in clean white garb, learn more