The Micro-Enterprise Development Programme in Nepal has developed over 60,000 opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs (68% of them women) and created about 62,000 sustainable jobs since it began in 1998.
UNDP joins with other UN agencies in the #OrangeTheWorld campaign to end violence against women and girls. Together with activists around the world, we’re using the colour orange to call attention to the various forms of violence that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential.
Alice Adye witnessed how breakdowns within state institutions, including police as well as statutory and customary courts, undermined and victimized women in rural areas of her community in South Sudan.
With support from UNDP, Costa Rica has introduced an action plan that fosters partnerships to promote production and trade that is responsible, fair, and in line with practices protecting the environment, the community and the general public.
Through the Green Commodities Programme, UNDP is bringing together government, big business and small-scale farmers across 10 countries to address sustainable agricultural practices. The programme helps improve access to resources, close the gender gap and provide women with equal opportunities.
A brief paper emanating from meetings on the Millennium Development Goals with select groups of HIV positive women in the three countries of Asia and the Pacific reveals some alarming emerging issues that warrant attention by policy-makers.
The first N-Peace awards were presented to four women peace advocates from some of the most conflict-affected countries in Asia. The N-PEACE awards were established to acknowledge the leadership of women in building peace, empowering their communities, and preventing conflicts.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, today addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.
Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen are facing conflict and drought and are now approaching famine, with 20 million people near starvation in the worst preventable humanitarian crisis since World War II. Swift delivery of aid, combined with early recovery and emergency development work, can address and prevent famine and ensure durable peace.