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Value chains: Supporting inclusive markets in agriculture and trade in Uganda

Grace Lawilu, 49, is a rice farmer in Northern Uganda, close to the border of South Sudan. Scattered homesteads made up of wattle huts and mud, separated by green thickets and walkways, make up this largely undeveloped expanse of swampy grassland. This is where Lawilu has lived for the last 35 yearsmore

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'People, planet, profit' jumpstarts progress in Tajikistan

In the Gonchi district of Tajikistan, Sharipova Nasiba has become her family’s main breadwinner. After Nasiba’s husband became too ill to work, the mother of two joined a women’s self-help group to begin a small business growing crops in a greenhouse. She and two other women received training in howmore

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Bangladesh: Transforming life in the slums

Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she decided to find a way out of poverty by taking charge of the family finances. “We barely had enough money to feed and clothe ourselves,” said Shabdi. “I needed to learn tomore

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Benin: New opportunities for young graduates

Faced with the difficulty of finding new employment in Cotonou, Benin’s largest city, Philippe and Ulrich, two brothers from a poor background decided to launch their own fruit juice distribution business after finishing their university studies. Nowadays, both brothers command a salary, and recruitmore

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Biodiversity projects improve lives in China

Yu Zerun, a farmer from Daping village in the Sichuan province, Western China, used to harvest rare medicinal plants in protected areas of the Upper Yangtze River Basin, an area internationally recognized for its biodiversity value. The caterpillar fungus Yu Zerun traded at the local market providedmore

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Bolivia: On the way toward eliminating malaria

“In the past, contracting malaria was quite common," said Edwin Moreno Saravia, from the town of Riberalta in Northern Bolivia. "I got the disease myself and managed to recover, but people often died from these chills.” But no deaths have been reported in the past five years, and the incimore

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Boosting employment for vulnerable groups in Kosovo*

Avni Gallopeni is a 25-year-old graphic designer in Suhareka/Suva Reka, Southern Kosovo. Even though he has a university degree, Gallopeni looked unsuccessfully for a job for three years.   “After several failures, one after another, I made my way to an employment office” he says. With support more

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A step to end stigma over HIV

Bosnia and Herzegovina passed a milestone in its effort to end HIV-related stigma and discrimination when a baby was born via C-section to HIV-positive parents in Sarajevo. “We all know how much blood there can be when a caesarean section is performed, but there was no hesitation or discrimination hmore

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Breaking the glass ceiling in Pakistan

Pakistan has a relatively high proportion of women in Parliament compared to other countries in South Asia, with women accounting for 19 percent of representatives in the upper and lower houses. Nonetheless, women in Pakistan still face many difficulties in accessing decision-making positions at themore

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Broadening career opportunities in Guatemala

Evelin Quevedo, Daniel Vargas and Sasha Saraí are around 20 years old and share the satisfaction of having reached their common goal: find a job by mastering a second language. After six months of hard work and dedication learning English through the Munijoven project, they were awarded their certifmore

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