Female religious leaders lead the fight against AIDS

Female religious leaders have taken a central role in the fight against AIDS in Somalia. This follows a series of trainings recently conducted by local organizations, with support from UNDP. In Somaliland, UNDP supported four training events for female religious leaders in Hargeisa, Borama, Berbera more

First judicial training in years commences in Mogadishu

Mogadishu’s first legal training program in years was launched in April as part of a UNDP-backed effort to bolster Somalia’s judicial system. The training is aimed at judges, prosecutors and judicial support staff, and was officially opened at a colorful ceremony in the Somali capital by the Chi more

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Saudi Arabia’s first step towards clean energy technologies

Saudi Arabia hosts the world’s largest reserves of oil and has emerged as a global energy superpower. However, while past human development gains in Saudi Arabia have been achieved largely on the back of oil export revenues, and while oil exports will continue to provide significant revenues to Sau more

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Fishermen reel in shared profit

By Jaime Jacques* Red Sea - “You can always tell when you are getting near the sea, says 50-year old Ali Abu Ali. “The air feels different; cooler against your skin.” Ali and most of the men in his village have been fishing most of their lives. For them, fishing is more than a job, it is a way o more

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Food production training makes cents

Thirty-five-year old Alwaia Ahmed Elnigai might have never known she had an entrepreneurial streak in her had she not decided to participate in the RRP food processing course that was offered in Tuaakin, a small and sleepy village with little economic activity in River Nile State. “I had no income more

From an IDP to a farmer

 Ahmed Gacaney returned to his village in the Jowhar district from an IDP camp in Bosasso  when his family informed him of a UNDP cash for work project in the area. Under this project, communities from Maandhere and Burfule villages rehabilitated four canals for a total of 15 kilometers an more

From IDP to farmer

Ahmed Gacaney returned to his village in the Jowhar district from an IDP camp in Bosasso  when his family informed him of a UNDP cash for work project in the area. Under this project, communities from Maandhere and Burfule villages rehabilitated four canals for a total of 15 kilometers and sta more

From casual labourer to skilled worker

 Ever since Mohamed Khalif*, 24, started on-the-job masonry training, he has been a different man. He is now all smiles and full of hope.   Mohamed developed skills in masonry after being recruited as an unskilled worker in the Gaheyr School rehabilitation project, which is being impleme more

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From piracy to entrepreneurism: Social reintegration programme turning young Somalis’ lives around

13 February 2012 At just 27, Bosasso resident Mohamed Ahmed Jama has already spent three years in jail for piracy-related activities. Like many young Somalis, the lure of prosperity associated with piracy outweighed the risks. After his release from prison, Mohamed may have been drawn back into more

From soldier to businessman

 Ali Mohamed Adan, a former soldier in the Somali military, and subsequently a member of the Puntland security forces, left his military training behind to start his own business when he failed to sustain his family on his meager stipend.   Back in his hometown of Qardho, Puntland, where j more