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Pakistan flood victims lay foundations for new homes

Niat Zareen moved into her new house last month, more optimistic about the days to come. (Photo: UNDP) “I lost everything, my house, my land and my cattle. This house is a blessing. It has brought new light and hope to our lives.” Bibi Roshan, 54 and mother of six children, in the province o more

Pakistan: Floods cause enormous damage and human need

Efforts to assess the full scale and extent of humanitarian need in Pakistan continue this weekend after two weeks of heavy rain and floods left more than 1,300 people dead and 14 million affected. As specialists in vulnerability assessment are dispatched to some of the worst hit and inaccessib more

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Philippines: UN releases US$25 million to fund emergency response

The United Nations today announced an emergency allocation of US$25 million to fund critical relief efforts in the wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which carved a trail of destruction across the Central Philippines on 8 November. Speaking at a press briefing in New York today, OCHA’s Director of Opera more

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Post-earthquake assistance in Haiti shifts to reconstruction

The allocation of resources for Haiti’s recovery from the devastating earthquake two years ago has shifted to reconstruction, infrastructure restoration, debris removal, job creation and capacity building, senior United Nations officials said today, noting, however, that considerable humanitarian ne more

Preventing illegal flow of guns is key to reducing poverty

UNDP echoes the call for tougher measures to curb illicit small arms, reduce violence and give affected countries a better chance to overcome poverty. New York—As talks on curbing the illicit trade in small arms ended here Friday, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mexico, Switzer more

Private sector crucial in Haiti's reconstruction

Rio de Janeiro – The private sector has a crucial role to play in Haiti’s recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake, said Rebeca Grynspan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Associate Administrator, speaking today at the 2011 World Economic Forum on Latin America. “Micro, small and med more

Pro-poor initiative to boost job creation in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new initiative to boost job creation through pro-poor business development that engages low-income people in Africa as customers, employees, producers or entrepreneurs. The African Facility for Inclusive Marke more

Providing identification papers in Sri Lanka

On 18 May 2009 the Sri Lankan Government formally announced its military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its regaining of complete territorial control over Sri Lanka. The final weeks of the conflict resulted in an estimated 200,000 people fleeing the fighting. more

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 dep more