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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 beautmore

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.  Tmore

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

Ghana peace architecture to get boost from lawmakers

Local chiefs convene in Accra to discuss Ghana's Peace Architecture (Photo: UNDP)Accra - Lawmakers in Ghana are this month due to consider backing an independent peace-building body that has helped to solve disputes between some of the country’s many distinct ethnic and tribal groups and tmore

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Group of Political Champions due to meet in Haiti to discuss disasters

New York – High-level figures from the United Nations, World Bank, CARICOM, European Union, the UK and US Governments will meet in Port au Prince on Monday to discuss how the international community can support the government in reducing Haiti’s vulnerability to disasters. They will visit sites aromore

Haiti earthquake hotline for UN staff

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and the whole of UNDP is mobilized to bring support and assistance to UNDP staff on the ground. A message to all staff from the Administrator has been posted on UNDP's Intranet. Staff members trying to get information about family members who were working in Hmore

Haiti earthquake: six months later

 In the six months since the earthquake that devastated Haiti on 12 January, UNDP has led several response efforts and aided the Haitian government and people in initiatives to reduce the risks of a future catastrophe.One week after the earthquake, UNDP established a cash-for-work programme that tmore

Haiti elections: cell phones and internet to facilitate voter turnout

Port-au-Prince - In preparation for Haiti’s second round of presidential and legislative elections this Sunday 20 March, the United Nations Development Programme is disseminating information to voters using text messages, a revamped website as well as activating a voter hotline. Since more thamore

Haiti must play lead role in quake rebuilding, UNDP official says

WASHINGTON—International organizations are playing a key role in rebuilding Haiti two years after a devastating earthquake, but long-term success requires ownership by citizens of the Caribbean island nation, UN Development Program (UNDP) Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan said. “You cannot rebmore

Haiti recovery begins with population's direct involvement

The cash-for-work programme launched Tuesday builds on UNDP’s Briquettes Project, a cash-for-work programme designed to combat climate change and reduce poverty. (Photo: UNDP) With the recovery process in earthquake-ravaged Haiti shifting gears from seamore