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Local development helps integrating returning moroccan immigrants

Growing climate variability, intensifying droughts and diminishing water resources over the past decade, have been driving families of Ksar Laachouria and neighbouring oases, in Fezna, in Errachidia Tafilalt region of Morocco, out of the land they have lived on for many years. These fast-progressing more

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Microcredit programme pays off

  A group of men sit outside a shop beside the main road of Wonduruba chatting and drinking cold beverages. A woman rummages through a small cooler and approaches them with another round. As she opens one of the bottles she cracks a joke that gets the crowd going.   Thirty-year old Grace J more

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Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

1 July 2009 It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice, pasta, flour, and other basic foodstuffs. Aicha Doualeh more

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More water, better lives for Sudanese farmers

Until recently, farmers in northeast Sudan used to rely solely on rainfall for their subsistence crops, despite fertile land and groundwater close to the surface. “There is a big difference now,” said Aisha Sharief, who heads a farm run by women in the rural community of Arabaat. “Nowadays we have p more

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New Shop, New Life - Amin’s Story

  Amin Hassan Sulaiman was only ten years old when he lost his right leg, left arm, left eye and three fingers from his right hand after a mine exploded in his field.  “I was grazing animals in Spring 2001 in my village Bekma when I found the strange object” Amin remembers.    Am more

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New nets help fishermen in Gaza become self-reliant

The Swedish Village, a remote village of fishermen in the far south of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, is home to some 95 households living under extreme poverty. Visitors to the Village – built by the Swedish Government in the 1960s – can immediately see the poor infrastructur more

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Nurturing entrepreneurship amidst destruction

J.H. never imagined that her home made business will flourish and the “baytoti” brand will become a household name in Raqqa and neighbouring villages. J., the eldest of her siblings, is the principal breadwinner in a family of six. At 43 and single, she has been earning little income from selling ho more

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On UN day: UNDP/PAPP staff join Palestinian farmers in their olive harvest

By Dania Darwish-Communication Officer UNDP/PAPP Celebrating the UN Day more than 100 UN staff members from eleven UN sister organizations including the UN Special Envoy Mr. Robert Serry and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined the Palestinian farmers harvest their olive trees in Turmusaya village n more

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Organic RRP honey a sweet success

  “We believe that honey is medicine,” says 38-year-old Panuel Lorwue.   And since the RRP introduced modern hives and trained beekeepers on how to safely harvest; this sweet nectar is not only healing bodies, but also the economy of Central Equatoria.   As a young boy Lorwue would f more

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Mobilizing efforts for peace in Sudan

In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcare centre for neighborhood youths a few years after her demobilization has blossomed into something much more. After years of providing support services to the war effort, Ai 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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