Our stories

  • A force to be reckoned with

    Rafilia Bakirova, the director of the Orenburg Reserve, is a force to be reckoned with. Of the 100 reserve directors in Russia, only 6 are women – and managing 5 different sites, Rafilia is the only female reserve director who works in a non-contiguous reserve.

  • In Kosovo, technology reduces crimes and violence

    UNDP’s Kosovo Small Arms Control Project (KOSSAC), aims to reduce gun crime and violence in a country still recovering from a brutal war in the 1990s.

  • Giving voice to women survivors in Guatemala

    Goal 16 aims to significantly reduce all forms of violence, and to help communities with access to justice and lasting solutions.

  • Cultivating change in Papua

    UNDP provides agricultural training in Papua New Guinea to boost farmer incomes and restore degraded land. Sereh merah, a plant long used to drive away evil spirits, is now being grown as a pesticide ingredient to protect crops.

  • The right to legal aid

    Since 2008, UNDP has been helping people through a project that provides legal aid for dispute settlements in family courts in Egypt.

  • Pineapples on the path to sustainability

    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.

  • Glimmers of hope in the eastern Congo

    Survivors of sexual violence find support through the Tupinge Ubakaji programme.

  • Powered by youth, green energy advances in Moldova

    Fourteen-year-old Denis from Baurci village is one of more than 22,000 students who have become green energy promoters in their communities.

  • Sowing the seeds of a green revolution

    Each year, more than 100,000 new jobseekers enter the already saturated labour market. Meet three young entrepreneurs who are creating jobs and making agriculture more sustainable in Benin.

  • 17 ways young people are changing the world

    Youth around the world are willing and able to contribute to the 2030 Agenda to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change.

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