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Lebanon: Reviving markets and stimulating the local economy

“We used to sit on rocks and walk in mud during winter season. But now the road is paved, so the market is accessible and clean.” For Amira Bou Zeid, a Lebanese citizen from the country’s Bekaa Valley region, the renovation of her local market through a UNDP project funded by the United Nations Highmore

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The Philippines: In Cebu, carpentry graduates rebuild homes

For as long as he can remember, Raymond Rodrigo has been a fisherman. Until recently, he relied on the sea off the northern coast of Cebu Province, one of the Visayas islands in the Philippines, to support his family of six. But since Typhoon Haiyan struck the region in November 2013, Rodrigo, like more

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The Philippines: Tearing down to rebuild

Many kids dream of seeing their school bulldozed, so it is no surprise that squeals of children’s delight rise above Sulangan Elementary School as an excavator tears down its dilapidated roof. What probably took weeks to go up comes down in mere minutes in an orchestrated safe demolition. But from more

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Bosnia & Herzegovina: Arms meltdown movement forces firepower from the streets

In the small, peaceful town of Modrica, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, two teenagers recently caused quite a commotion. After finding hand grenades lying in the open in a former battlefield, they decided to bring them to school. But the event was not that unusual. Several violent incidents have occurredmore

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Lebanon: Hygiene kits improve living conditions for Syrian refugees

A Palestinian refugee from Syria and mother of two children, Rim investigates the contents of a large, blue pail with the UNDP logo on the side. “These simple items can be lifesaving,” she says, pulling out a flashlight, band-aids, a heard scarf, underwear and other items for personal hygiene. Rimmore

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Fleeing Central African Republic, Chadians struggle to rebuild lives

Thirty-nine-year-old Aziza Galmi knows little about Chad, her country of citizenship. Her parents migrated to the Central African Republic decades ago, where she was born, and where used to call the capital, Bangui, her home. But now, with a violent conflict raging since December, she and tens of thmore

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Colombia participates in the peace process

Uffyunu, a Wayuu indigenous woman, has witnessed two massacres in her life, when paramilitary groups invaded her village, killed dozens of people and left hundreds without a home in 2001 and 2004. "It was terrible," says Uffyunu, who lives with her 5-year-old son in the southern part of Lamore