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The Geography of Risk in Rwanda

05 Mar 2015

Rwanda is susceptible to a wide range of disaster threats, including floods, droughts, strong storms and volcanic eruptions. In the past two decades, some 2 million people have been affected by these and other climate-induced hazards—hazards that will only increase as the effects of climate change gmore

Enhancing last-mile early warning in the Caribbean

05 Mar 2015

Working with Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, UNDP and partners are undertaking measures to ensure that warning information on potential and impending disasters is fast, reliable and effective. Consisting of many low-lying coastal areas, SIDS in the Caribbean are particularlymore

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A Cuban model for a resilient Caribbean

25 Feb 2015

Risk Reduction Management Centers, a successful initiative in hurricane-prone Cuba, are being scaled up across partnering Caribbean states. With a population of 36 million, the Caribbean region is home to a diverse array of languages and cultures, to islands large and small, to major coastal citiesmore

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Sierra Leone: People with disabilities look to an Ebola-free future

24 Feb 2015

Freetown, Sierra Leone - A group of young wheelchair-bound men barrel down a busy street hustling cars for a few leones (the local currency). The money they collect is meagre - and gets less and less as the Ebola crisis pushes them further towards the fringes of society. “To change a tire is 70 (thmore

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Helen Clark joins Liberian all-women motorcycle club The Pink Panthers

17 Feb 2015

Monrovia, Liberia — UNDP Administrator Helen Clark has been made an honorary member of the Pink Panthers Motorcycle Club, an all-women association of Liberian commercial motorbike taxis drivers. The Pink Panthers are a group of young women who have been riding motorbikes around Monrovia for years. more

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Lebanon’s storm preparedness helps response plan

13 Feb 2015

A decade of efforts to better prepare and respond to disasters was highlighted when seasonal storm “Zina” struck Lebanon in early January 2015. “We were waiting for this heavy storm to hit the country,” says Alexi Karim. “Throughout the year the local municipality came and conducted awareness sessiomore

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Battling Ebola and boosting business in Sierra Leone

02 Feb 2015

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Sariatu Kamara owns a beauty salon in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. The sole breadwinner for her family, her business has been hit hard as people stayed away through fear of Ebola. “Before Ebola this place was fine, but during the Ebola time business was not good, it’s dimore

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Community police help stop Ebola in Guinea

26 Jan 2015

Conakry, Guinea - As Guinea looks towards recovery from the Ebola epidemic, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is training hundreds of community police officers to help keep case numbers down and prevent future outbreaks. 450 newly trained officers have begun working with communities imore

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UNDP-led mission marks shift to recovery in Ebola affected West Africa

20 Jan 2015

New York - A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led mission to pinpoint critical areas of support needed to help the nations most affected by Ebola start their recoveries concluded on Tuesday, 20th of January in Sierra Leone. While the main aim for the governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia,more

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30,000 food packages for vulnerable, displaced people in Ukraine

12 Jan 2015

Amid continuing fighting and a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ukraine, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched an initiative aimed at ferrying aid to the country’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as other vulnerable citizens trapped by the ongoing hostilities. more

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