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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: Emergency work kick-starts recovery in Santa Fe

Trinidad Bato-balono proudly points to a section of white, sandy beach in her home town on the island of Santa Fe. "I helped clean this part of the coast from debris after Typhoon Haiyan," she says, indicating the pristine stretch of sand. "Now businesses are slowly starting to pick umore

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In Mauritania, solar energy helps vulnerable communities

Sixty-year-old Aissata Hamath is a mother living in a vulnerable community on the outskirts of Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania. She used to garden, making little money from the sale of her produce. But after a pilot project from the Association Nazaha for health and the environment set up a more

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In Cambodia, solar panels bring light to rural homes

In Cambodia, rural households that are off the national grid must use generators to recharge car batteries to get electricity. But in Kampong Chhnang Province, residents are noticing steady improvement. In Por and Trabek villages, solar panels convert sunlight into electrical energy, which is channemore

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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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For one Honduran community, night lights up at last

Almost one century after the isolated village of Plan Grande in northern Honduras was founded, its inhabitants were still living in semi-darkness. To tackle this problem, a UNDP-supported project helped build a hydroelectric power plant, eliminating the use of fuel, candles and batteries. Of the 80 more

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DR Congo: Using cows for transport to help women farmers

On the road leading to Kisuma, in the region of North Kivu, Furaha pauses briefly and wipes the sweat from her brow without removing the cloth sack she carries securely on her back. “It’s even more tiring to put it on the ground and then pick it back up again,” she says. The sack weighs 15 kilogramsmore

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In Costa Rica, promoting responsible pineapple production

In a rural community in the north of Costa Rica, a woman affectionately called “Blanquita” by her coworkers leads a planting team of the Flor Agroindustrias, a business dedicated to pineapple production. Four years ago, they began a process of organizational transformation to implement strategies fomore

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Villages in Myanmar help build better access to clean water

The sound of cuckoos cooing may bring to mind summer, when this bird song is common in Myanmar. But Daw Kim Ma doesn’t like the sound, which reminds her of hot weather. Due to water shortages, summer used to be the least favorite season for villagers in Sin Owe Wa, situated along the Kaladan River. more

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Guatemala: Coffee with character

Sonia Leticia Recinos Pérez is a member of a Small Coffee Farmers’ Association in the Department of Huehuetenango, one of the poorest in Guatemala, with extreme poverty rates over 30 percent. Her association has 140 members, including 69 women. Together with the other women, Sonia has contributed hemore

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Kyrgyzstan: Energy-efficient school offers national lessons

In Kyrgyzstan’s second-largest city of Osh, a new school has become Central Asia’s most energy efficient building. Incorporating state-of-the-art design principles, it consumes 50 percent less energy than similar structures, saving US $20,000 annually. More than 970 children now study in warm classrmore

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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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In Panama, land deeds help farmers protect forests

Melquiades Jaén, a farmer in the Capira district of Panama, has spent 45 years living and working on his 130 hectares: cultivating the land, taking care of it, grazing cattle there. But has hasn’t been able to hold in his own hands the title deeds for his farm – until now. The Capira district west omore

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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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Supporting youth employment in Tunisia

Nothing in Nesrine Berhouma’s destiny pointed to snail farming. Yet at just 27 years old, this young Tunisian has courageously taken on a relatively novel activity, setting up her farm in the small village of Boumeftah. “It’s still hard to manage administrative problems or relationships with the banmore

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Zambian women lead the way
in conservation farming

Esnart Siandavu, 49, is engaged in a passionate discussion with a group of farmers on how to grow better crops.  Over the past 10 years, their Southern Zambian village of Muyumbela has been prone to extreme weather events such as floods and droughts. Crops and cattle have been destroyed, eliminmore

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Uganda: Women's collectives fight for land rights, against corruption

In 2003, Joyce Nangobi was about to lose her home. In Jinja, Uganda, the land that she lived on was going to be put up for sale to low-wage manufacturing companies, leaving Joyce and the other residents out in the cold.  The women in her town had neither the resources to purchase the land, nor more

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Greater electoral transparency and participation in Sao Tome & Principe

This year, citizens of Sao Tome and Principe must go to the polls to exercise their right to vote and elect representatives to the National Assembly. The National Electoral Commission is responsible for establishing electoral rolls and providing a card to those who do not have one yet, have lost it more

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In Zimbabwe, better clinics lead to better healthcare

Ivy Chiyani, the sister-in-charge at the E.F Watson medical clinic in Zimbabwe, would like her patients to receive good healthcare -- but the limited physical space stymies her best efforts. “We have just opened an opportunistic infections clinic and therefore we need more room to keep the antiretromore

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Nicaraguan communities are adapting to climate change

Macario López Meléndez lives in Salale, a village in Nicaragua affected by climate variability: rain, high temperatures, hurricane winds, droughts and soil erosion. This humble smallholder farmer says that in the dry season of January to May, the community suffers from food and drinking-water shortamore

Video: One Day on Earth

UNDP staff members in more than 100 countries worldwide took part in a collaborative film project to document the work of UNDP. The result of their collaborative efforts is an eight-minute film highlighting the breadth of UNDP’s impact.