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UNDP works to rebuild peace, fellowship amongst youth in Sri Lanka

The usually sleepy town of Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka recently saw a surprising burst of activity. The small Tamil community was in the news for a slightly unusual reason: it was hosting Sinhalese school children and teachers from Matara district in southern Sri Lanka for a sporting event.Sri Lamore

UNDP responds to the Asia Pacific disasters

Over the past few weeks, the Asia Pacific region has been struck by a series of multiple disasters that have killed more than 1,500 people, and affected upwards of 7 million others. UNDP, along with other UN agencies, reacted quickly, immediately deploying crisis management teams to support governmemore

Displaced Georgians rebuilding livelihoods with UNDP assistance

Some 30,000 Georgians remain displaced more than one year after a five-day armed conflict between Russia and Georgia in August, 2008. UNDP is leading the way in working with the Georgia Government to provide long-term crisis recovery efforts that focus not just on providing people with basic necesmore

UNDP Responds to Disasters in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Photo: Jason Gutierrez/ IRINManila - Police evacuate an elderly couple from a flooded section of suburban Pasig city east of ManilaNew York - The last days of September brought destructive havoc to three countries in the Pacific rim. On 29 September a powerful undersea earthquake sent multiple tmore

Haiti earthquake: six months later

 In the six months since the earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January, UNDP has led several response efforts and aided the Haitian government and people in initiatives to reduce the risks of a future catastrophe.One week after the earthquake, UNDP established a cash-for-work programme that tmore

Building back better in Bangladesh

In 2007, Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, a densely populated developing country that is buffeted by increasingly worse cyclones, floods and monsoons. Sidr brought Bangladesh’s river delta region to its knees, killing 3,363 people and damaging or destroying the homes of 1.5 million families. A jmore

A blind community saves the wetlands in Peru

At 28, Joana Manrique now has a lot of vitality and strength.  But this wasn’t always the case.A victim of severe domestic violence, Joana lost her eyesight and was left alone with a small daughter to take care of in San Andrés, located in the Pisco district of Peru.  But the resilient accoumore

Women Count for Peace: UNDP welcomes women activists

In observance of the tenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 — the landmark document to ensure women’s peace and security in post-conflict situations —  Open Days on Women, Peace and Security were held in 25 post-conflict countries from June to September 2010. more

Myanmar: More than 170,000 people affected by cyclone Giri

Lessons were learned from Cyclone Nargisin 2008.(Photo: UNDP)Myanmar - Efforts to assess the full scale and extent of humanitarian need in Myanmar continue after a category-four cyclonic storm last week hit the country’s western coast, affecting more than 170,000 people.An estimated 177,000 pemore

Rebuilding war-torn communities in Burundi

The village of Gitukura, in the northern Burundi province of Cibitoke, has experienced firsthand the devastating consequences of two decades of ethnic conflict and civil war. Located on the Rwandan border, its inhabitants, mostly women and children, live in almost complete isolation and depmore