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Famine spreads to more areas in southern Somalia

Nairobi - Three new areas in southern Somalia have deteriorated into a famine situation. These are parts of Middle Shabelle region, the Afgooye Corridor settlements home to roughly 400,000 displaced people since 2007, and parts of Mogadishu which are hosting displaced populations. This follows a dec more

Famous Iraqi musician returns to Baghdad for peace concert

More than 2,000 people from every corner of Iraq came to Baghdad last week to hear world-famous Iraqi musician Nasseer Shamma mark International Day of Peace at a concert jointly organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Shamma, who plays the Ou more

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 rebuil more

Farmers to receive compensation for damaged property in Gaza

Jerusalem – The United Nations Development Programme and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement today allocating US$270 million for the restoration of the agricultural sector in Gaza.  The agreement consists of a compensation package to Palestinian farmers for property damaged durin more

Fast Response Ignites Hope in Cyclone Ravaged Pacific Paradise

Cook Islands -- Shortly after Cyclone Pat tore through Aitutaki, one of Cook Islands’ most popular tourist destinations, it became clear that quick action to rebuild homes and livelihoods was needed to head off another blow to its fragile economy. Aitutaki is one of the 15 islands that make up more

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Finally victims can explain in court what happened to them

Guatemala’s Attorney General discusses transitional justice challenges in her home country Those who deny the atrocities committed by both sides in Guatemala during that country’s 36 year civil war are among the biggest challenges to transitional justice for victims of the former regime, according more

Five years later, the tsunami-affected teach the world how to build back better

On December 26, 2004, no one was prepared for the gigantic seismic sea wave that ravished the coasts of 14 countries in Asia, killing nearly one-quarter of a million people and displacing more than 2 mi more

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, rec more

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Former fighters find hope through skills training in Nepal

Nepalgunj - Bimala Ramjali was only 14 years old when her sister brought her to join the Maoist fighters, a group of communist insurgents in Nepal’s decade-long war that claimed 13,000 lives.  Now 28, with a two-year-old daughter playing at her feet, she talks about her family and her new beaut more

Gaza update: UNDP begins to assess damages

© UNDPUNDP, in its capacity as the coordinator of the UN Early Recovery team, has begun assessing the damage incurred from the 22 days of violence and is preparing a plan for reconstruction. UNDP is working closely with local municipalities, NGOs and the UN country team on the needs assessment.  T more