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Albanians stranded by landmines to restart lives

"I lost my leg during the Kosovo conflict," said mine survivor Izet Ademaj."After nine months I was given my first prosthesis, now I am able to walk freely and I'm really very happy." (Photo: UNDP) Tirana - Thousands of villagers in one of the poorest regions of Albania more

UNDP supports female leaders in Afghan police force

Kabul – Twenty-one police officers wearing headscarves, or hijab, sit in a classroom at the Kabul Police Academy typing into computers, creating organizational diagrams and entering data. They are part of a cadre of trainees working on the last part of a three-month leadership course run by Afghanismore

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Security returning to DR Congo

Security is gradually returning to parts of the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo. “Security is coming back little by little. It is not perfect yet, but I must say that our freedom of movement is much better,” said Alphonsine Omoy, a resident of the town of Bunia in northeast DRC. A joimore

UNDP helps Pakistan's flood affected plant seeds for new livelihoods

Imam Bibi, 60, with her husband are starting to re-cultivate their flooded land.(Photo: UNDP)Islamabad - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is distributing packages of seeds and fertilizer to about 10,000 Pakistani farmers whose lands and equipment were destroyed by floods that swept more

UN issues Flash Appeal for flood-affected Sri Lanka

New York - The United Nations and its partners are to appeal tomorrow for US$51 million to meet the urgent needs of more than one million in Sri Lanka affected by widespread flooding. Torrential rain across the country’s eastern and central areas in the last week has caused more than 360,000 peoplemore

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 Markemore

Saudi Arabia provides US$5 million for displaced in Pakistan

Riyadh – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has provided US$5,397,300 to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for efforts in Pakistan to assist those uprooted in recent years. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed yesterday between the Saudi Fund for Development and UNDP will channel funds more

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Supercities face high quake risk

New York – More than half of the world’s supercities, with populations of 2-15 million, are at future risk of being affected by nearby magnitude seven or greater earthquakes, warned Eric Calais, Haiti-based seismologist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A significant numbermore

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Cameroon community to return home after lake explosion

Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air, following a build-up of the gas in the lake. Another 10,000 people were uprooted and 3,000 heads of livestock were also lost. "I lost more than 21 members of my family and more

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UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities

Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006. Focusing on the well-being of women and wider communities in areas of Lebanon where some live on incomes as more