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Democracy cannot be achieved without women as voters, leaders and candidates during the elections

In marking the International Day of Democracy today, this feature spotlights UNDP’s support to Tunisia in its steady transition to democracy with particular focus on strengthening women’s candidates for the Constituent Assembly elections. Women’s political participation is a key component of democ more

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Dignity restored - Maryam's story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq Maryam lives with her husband and two children in a small and dilapidated house in Penjwen.  She was injured by an unexploded ordnance in 1982.  After her accident, she was isolated  until she wa more

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Egyptian producers find a lucrative business opportunity in cleaner charcoal production with carbon credits

The “black cloud” is the vernacular term that Egyptians have coined to refer to a recurring problem of air pollution. One significant contributor to air pollution in Egypt is the charcoal industry. About 7 million tons of wood residues are used as the feedstock for charcoal manufacturing in Egypt by more

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Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

Like many other young students of his age in Jordan, Yousef El Mughrabi, 23, was full of dreams and plans for his future. Living in Ma’an, a southern Jordanian governorate where one in four people live in poverty and one in five is unemployed, Yousef’s dream was a simple one: securing a respectable more

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Encouraging and supporting youth employment in Tunisia

Nothing in Nesrine Berhouma’s destiny pointed to snail farming. Yet, at just 27 years old, this young Tunisian has courageously taken on a relatively novel activity. “It’s still hard to manage administrative problems or relationships with the banks. It’s a real obstacle course,” explains Nesrine, wh more

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Ensuring human security

More than any other phenomenon, conflicts in the Arab region have stripped people, communities and countries of the choices they need to build better lives for themselves and plan for a better future. They have rolled back hard-won development gains and rendered progress on long-standing challenges more

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Entrepreneurial spirits in Gaza / Small grants - big difference

Sameer al Hams’ workshop is hard to miss. Twelve washing machines spill from its doors into the dusty street. He shares the workspace with a yellow, stretch Mercedes taxi and dozens of old televisions and spare parts. But it is the washing machines that have transformed Sameer’s life, giving him more

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Women’s economic empowerment in Iraq

A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses came together to share the challenges they faced and how they overcame to become an integral part of the Iraqi economy.   The past three decades in Iraq have been more

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Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) at the forefront in the AIDS response in the Arab region

The challenge of addressing universal access to treatment and human rights for people living with HIV, the theme of the World AIDS Day (WAD) 2010, cannot be achieved in the Arab Region without the support of respected religious leaders. In the Arab Region, where HIV/AIDS is a growing crisi more

Farming as a way out of poverty

Thursday, 09 September 2010 Berdale district in the Bay region bears the brunt of the civil war in the country. Most of the people here are agro-pastoralists or run small businesses. A UNDP Area Based Early Recovery (ABER) project is providing employment opportunities for 281 vulnerable households more