Less than one percent of rural communes in Mali have electricity. But in Sirakorola, the administrative centre of a commune located 120 kilometers outside the capital city of Bamako, solar power is synonymous with economic boom.
Villagers and organisations affected by three decades of conflict in Sri Lanka receive training and acquire leadership skills to initiate income generating projects. The programme focuses on empowering women and increasing economic opportunities for the participants.
As part of its Early Recovery and Resilience Programme in Syria, UNDP supports an initiative to provide job opportunities in the field of plumbing to a number of IDPs and host community members in Tartous.
“Shatila: The Meeting Point” festival was organized with the support of the UNDP Peace Building in Lebanon project, which aims to reinforce stability and social cohesion by addressing the root causes of conflict.
The political empowerment of women is critical to human development and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Worldwide, women continue to be under-represented in national parliaments, occupying less than 20% of seats and accounting for just 18% of government ministers.
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.