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"From the bottom up":local development brings regional impact to East Sudan

  In the remote village of Diemoyo of Red Sea State in Eastern Sudan, a region suffering from some of the lowest development indicators in the country, the once high rate of child and maternal mortality has recently been reduced. The challenges for reducing maternity and child mortality are ma more

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Three goats bring self-sufficiency to local communities

Southern Jordan observes the aspects of poor infrastructure, land and water sacristy with high poverty rate of 24.2%. As you travel to the Southern Jordan, you start to witness the features of poverty and deprivation all over the surroundings. Between the banana field and the deserted lands lies T more

A better livelihood for Safiyo

The smile on Safiyo Hassan Jama’s* face reveals her satisfaction at moving up from a casual labourer to a livestock farmer. She is a beneficiary of UNDP’s Area-based Early Recovery for Affected Communities (ABER) project. ”I never would have believed it ─ a healthy milk cow and a calf are great ass more

A dream comes true

 Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children. Asha did odd jobs in the neighbourhood, but they provided barely enough for a meal a day. more

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A glimpse of hope for better times ahead

Raqqa, once a prosperous province that hosted one of the capitals of Harun Al-Rashid, the famous Abbasid Caliph, has seen a dramatic downturn in recent years. Even before the crisis in March 2011, the Raqqa population grappled with some of the worst development indicators in the country. The governo more

A smile from an internally displaced people’s camp

 Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991. Ibrahim’s fam more

A sustainable income at last

 Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.   “Since 1992, my life has been full of despair. I had no income. My fr more

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Adapting technology to local needs in Egypt

By Marwa Elnokrashy and Karim Ezzeldin Siwa, Egypt—Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet. Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Ibrah more

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Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh start

Rushing about her teashop in downtown Eyl, a coastal village in Somalia, Bisharo Abdi looks the part of a busy young shopowner. However, behind this chatty young entrepenuer is a complex story. Life for Bisharo has been difficult. She was born into to a poor family in Eyl and orphaned when she was j more

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Empowering youth and promoting social inclusion in Lebanon

The story of Hassan Khazaal is one of resilience and perseverance to discover ones capacities and delve into a long journey of change and self-development. Today, the 27-year-old youth leader from Tibnin in south Lebanon, 120 km away from the capital city of Beirut, sits in a relatively small office 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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