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Renovated market gives traders a boost

Determined to provide for her family after her husband was killed, mother-of-six Mana Abdulle Abukar started selling fruits and vegetables at the Hoosh Market in Somalia’s Dharkenley District. Despite her best efforts, Mana couldn’t make a decent living because of the market’s terrible conditions.more


Resilient youth in Deir Ezzor are the arm for positive change

After three years of escalating conflict, Syria is still witnessing a deepening economic crisis, loss of livelihoods, and deteriorating coping mechanisms. In addition to poverty and economic disparity, there is a large proportion of youth who are unemployed and increasingly disillusioned. Deir Ezzormore


Somali youth feel hopeful, despite challenges

Ali became an orphan a few years ago when his parents died in explosion.  As the eldest of three children, Ali, 21, set off in search of work and landed a job at a security checkpoint in order to earn enough money to feed himself and his two younger siblings.  While wielding a gun, his daimore


The hidden danger - Hakim’s story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children.  He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate and previously worked as a guard at a government’s office.  more


UNDP deputy regional director sends message of hope to Yemen

A few years ago, she was unable to say a word in front of a stranger. She was very shy and timid. But now, she is sitting with senior delegates of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) during a lunch organized by the Youth Economic Empowerment Project in which she was involved as a beneficiarymore


UNDP help empower women and reduce poverty in rural areas

Making ends meet is what Fatima and other women in Sharg Al-Nil area struggle to achieve each day. With rapid increases in living expenses and diminishing work opportunities, securing a decent living to families becomes more of a challenge every day. In a country where poverty is affecting almost more


UNDP and alternative livelihoods to piracy

Starting a business with limited resources in the Somali coastal district of Eyl is difficult – especially for a woman Despite the challenges, Bisharo’s small café in Eyl is thriving. A UNDP micro-grant and small business training helped her set up the cafe, and Bisharo is now supporting her four chmore


UNDP and the UK boost Cooperation in Supporting of the Health Care Center in Bekaa Area

“Despite the poverty we are living in, the center has helped me and my kids a lot especially that getting medical care in Lebanon is too expensive.” Said Soua’d Al Shridi, a 32 year-old Syrian beneficiary and a mother of nine kids. Another Lebanese mother who refused to give us personal informationmore


Renovation of Al Marj Market provides job opportunities for Syrian refugees & Lebanese citizens

“The renovation made by UNDP to this market encouraged people from all over the villages to visit it which increased our income. We are 15 members in this family and we all live out of this business” – Abed al Rehman Alsayed Issa – 26 year- old Syrian living in Lebanon since 2013. “The changes made more

UNDP response to the famine in Somalia

20 February 2012 In response to the famine, which was declared in July 2011, UNDP allocated  US$ 3 million (including 1 million from Central Emergency Relief Fund - CERF) to rapidly expand its emergency employment generation activities to include affected areas. This included cash-for-work imore

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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