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Two years after the 2007 PERU earthquake

Two years ago, on 15 August, the Peruvian province of Ica was devastated by an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale.  Almost 600 people died, over 1,000 people were injured and 75,000 families were affected. The region suffered extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure, and locmore

Afghan elections hotline rings non-stop

(With information from Tilak Pokharel, UNAMA)Twenty days before the Afghan population turns out to vote at the presidential and provincial council election, a number of people are still calling the country’s election hotline. Each week around 25,000 people call the toll-free number to ask aboumore

Helen Clark starts first visit to Africa, meets with Liberia President

View more footage on the UNDP in Liberia siteUNDP Administrator Helen Clark met today with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf on the first day of her official visit to that country. Miss Clark commended the President for the real progress made in Liberia under her three year-old presidency, more

New border post key to ending Sierra Leone-Liberia trafficking

Sierra Leone and Liberia made another break from their charred history of violence and war by establishing a border post at a key crossing for arms trafficking and illegal immigration.The Jendema Integrated Border Control Post, officially opened on May 1, is a main crossing point, as well as a keymore

UNDP responds to the humanitarian crisis in Pakistan

A view of the Jalozai camp at Nowshehra, North West Frontier ProvinceUNDP is working with the provincial government in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province to respond to a wave of internally displaced persons, or IDPs, who have fled violence and insecurity there. Battles between Taliban andmore

UN in action in El Salvador: recovering from Hurricane Ida

San Salvador- The United Nations has sent a disaster assessment team to El Salvador and released a $50,000 cash grant to help the Central American country recover from last week’s torrential rainfall that caused massive flooding and triggered landslides, killing at least 140 people and dimore

UNDP in Bangladesh

For over a decade, UNDP has assisted the Bangladesh Election Commission. This long-term investment resulted in the most transparent and inclusive election in the country's history.Over the past 10 years, Bangladesh has made significant progress in human development and poverty alleviation. But with more

Indonesia: Support for tsunami early warning systems

New York- For the hundreds of volunteers gathered on 14 October 2009 in Aceh, the Indonesian province devastated by the 2004 tsunami, the exercise must have been unsettling for some. But as the alarms sounded and crowds began to flee the coast, participants in IOWave09, a region-wide early-warnimore

African countries pledge assistance to Haiti

African countries pledged more than eight million dollars during last week’s International Donors' Conference for Haiti to help the country recover from the devastating earthquake of 12 January.The pledges made included: USD 1 million from The Gambia; USD 204,000 from Mali;  USD 1 million frommore

Investing in Haitian Women

Since the 12 January 2010 earthquake, UNDP has been playing a key role in the response to the crisis in Haiti. Acknowledging that only Haitians can rebuild their country again— and build it back better— UNDP has put job creation at the centre of all its recovery activities in the cmore