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Boosting economic growth

Securing livelihoods and ensuring access to education and healthcare services have been at the centre of UNDP’s mission to reduce poverty around the world. In the Arab region, the unmet needs of a young population that still suffers from the highest rates of unemployment can no longer be ignored. In more

Borama communities successfully battle soil erosion

Monday, 01 March 2010 Years of support to communities in Sogsogley and Ashado in Borama have begun to bear fruit. The communities are now pushing back the threats to their livelihoods brought on by land degradation. Sogsogley and Ashado are among the fertile valleys of Awdal region, where the cu more

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Businesses bloom in Sudan

Picking flowers is not generally considered hazardous, but Alhadi Ibrahim Muhammed is using a gargara for his protection as he plucks blooms from a hibiscus plant. The small, metal tool allows him to avoid painful skin reactions as he picks the colourful crop.   Muhammed, a 45-year-old farmer i 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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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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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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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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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

Arab Development Challenges Report 2011

This second Development Challenges Report, coming at a time when the region is passing through a critical historical juncture, attempts to go beyond the numbers to uncover processes that have underpinned mutually reinforcing drivers of social, economic and political exclusion.

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