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Georgia: Microloans offer new starts in war-torn regions

With funding from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) teamed up with seven local microfinance institutions to assist displaced persons, women entrepreneurs, small-scale farmers, and other socially and economically vulnerable communities to start up small businessmore

UNDP extends solidarity to flood-hit Brazil

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark sent a letter of solidarity to President Dilma Rousseff and reiterated commitment to support the country The United Nations extends solidarity to the Brazilian government, local authorities and civil society organizations in their efforts to cope with the tragedy caumore

Farmers back on road to market in Pakistan

Road restored through a cash-for-work project. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “No one could reach our villages, we could not travel to visit doctors and most importantly the first post-flood crop of sugarcane, which we have managed to harvest, could not reach the market. But UNDP’s support to rebuilmore

Flood-affected plant seeds for new livelihood in Pakistan

South Punjab farmer surveys seeds sprouting from UNDP package. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “My half-acre of paddy field, two hens and goat were washed away in the flooding. This farming package comes as a blessing at this dismal time.” - Imam Bibi, a 60-year-old of Hindu Wan village, Punjab, recmore

Needs still urgent as flood-hit Pakistan starts to rebuild

Rebuilding basic infrastructure with involvement of communities. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) New York – While needs are still urgent for millions whose lives and livelihoods were ruined by flooding across Pakistan six months ago, hundreds of thousands are working to transform their futures througmore

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 omore

Mobile one-stop shops help recover lost IDs in Pakistan

Women line up to receive free legal services including IDs in mobile one-stop shops. (Photo: UNDP Pakistan) “I feel that I lost evidence of my existence as my house collapsed. I had to re-establish my identity.” Gul Pari, a 30-year-old single mother of five in the district of Nowshera, Khybemore

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Women in southern Punjab earn income and take lead

“Our village was in utter destruction with dead animals and rubble scattered all over. UNDP encouraged us to take the lead and now we’ve cleaned all the fields and most of our houses. With the money I earned, I plan to buy goats to invest in a future for my family.” - Kaneez Bibi of Muzaffargarh’s more

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One year after floods hit Pakistan, town gets a new face

The population of Khairpur Nathan Shah, a town of some 200,000 in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, has started to recover from large-scale floods one year ago that inundated their streets and sanitation systems with debris and other hazardous waste. Farmers and small business owners were among tmore

United Nations to scale-up relief for East Africa drought

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called for an urgent scale-up in assistance for the millions affected by drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda. “The biggest concern right now is that people are dying,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “We nemore