Yemen takes historic step as millions vote

22 Feb 2012

Sana’a - After months of chaos and the ghost of civil war, Yemen marked a new chapter Tuesday as millions of Yemenis voted to end the turmoil and move towards a new future. The presidential election is the first critical benchmark in a two-year transitional period, and voters turned out in large numore


Haitian filmmaker shows "Journey of Hope"

21 Feb 2012

“I was shooting my first film ever, standing on top of a house filming kids playing football when the earth started shaking and the house crumbled underneath me,” said 27-year old filmmaker Massena Cesar, recalling that day of profound sorrow when a massive earthquake rocked Haiti, killing over 200,more

UN development chief says conflict often driven by poverty

18 Feb 2012

Agadez - On the last day of her visit to Niger, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark traveled to the ancient city of Agadez where armed rebellions in the 1990s led to a period marked by violence and instability, resulting in increased poverty and vulnerability for the population.  Agadez is also a trmore


UNDP steps up Afghan capacity ahead of major transitions

08 Feb 2012

New York -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is strengthening its ability to support Afghanistan ahead of the expected withdrawal of international forces. We recognize that we are entering a totally new phase and we need to be prepared for what's coming," UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca more

Famine in Somalia may be over, but 2.3 million people still in crisis

03 Feb 2012

Nairobi, Kenya  – The combination of a  massive scale-up in humanitarian assistance and an exceptional harvest have helped relieve famine conditions in Somalia, but interrupting assistance risks these gains, according to analysis released today by the Food and Agricultural Organisation’s Fmore

Brazil gives $300,000 to support elections in Haiti

13 Feb 2011

  Port-au-Prince - The Government of Brazil  contributed an additional  US$300,000 to UNDP to support the second round of legislative and presidential elections which will take place on March 20th throughout Haiti.   H. E. Antonio Patriota,  Brazilian Minister for&nmore

Private sector crucial in Haiti's reconstruction

28 Apr 2011

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 medmore

Rwanda: Women helping lead country’s transformation

12 Jul 2012

The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Yet in this East African country – borderemore


Timor-Leste: UNDP boosts electoral institutions’ ability to ensure peaceful polls

09 Jul 2012

As Timorese went to the polls 7 July to vote in parliamentary elections it became clear that there has been a lot of progress in strengthening the country’s electoral system in the past years. The recent parliamentary elections and the two rounds of presidential polls, earlier this year, took place more


South Sudan one year after independence: Land titles helping to reintegrate communities

06 Jul 2012

With the return of nearly 400,000 South Sudanese to the northern states of their homeland since October 2011, overcrowding in urban areas has put pressure on already weak public utilities, while disputes over land have contributed to inter-communal conflict in rural areas. To proactively address thmore