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Kazakhstan: Snow leopard “selfie” marks step toward conservation

Vladimir Vorobyov has found his dream job, combining two great passions: nature and photography. “I love mountains. I like to roam around, hike and watch nature in its beauty,” Vladimir says. “Photography is my passion and hobby. I take pictures of places and animals in the national park and give th More

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Haiti: Accessibility and women’s participation for better elections

Ketizia Brunard lost an arm in the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. Determined to fully exercise her civil and political rights, the 26-year-old is looking forward to voting in the next legislative elections. “I hope that people with reduced mobility can have a say in electing the ne More

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Indonesia: a political ground shift for women

Sahanan thought her chance of being elected to the Lampung Provincial Parliament in Indonesia on last year’s parliamentary poll was next to none. Tina Chadarsi, jostling for a district parliamentary seat in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, had similar misgivings.  They were running against at least do More

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Belize: Helping marginalized youth find their independence

Not long ago a high school diploma seemed out of reach for Rudolph Belisle, but now the 18-year-old is making plans to attend college. Along with 89 other young men, Rudolph is a graduate of a youth engagement programme, implemented by the UNDP, that provides pathways to employment and re-entry into More

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Following up on cyclone recovery in Bangladesh

On May 25th, 2009, Cyclone Aila struck the southwest coastal zone of Bangladesh, destroying Bipasha Rani Mondol’s house and badly damaging her family’s garment shop. “We didn’t get any warning about the tidal surge,” says 29-year-old Bipasha. “In half an hour’s time the water entered our village thr More

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Sri Lankans get access to justice through mobile clinics

Displaced due to conflict, 18-year old Manickarajah Sulochana, of Vavuniya in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, migrated to India in 1990, just after getting married. She had three children in India, but when she returned to Sri Lanka in 2010, she didn’t have documentation for her children. “It wa More

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Mauritania: vulnerable households gain access to water and income

In southern Mauritania, in villages close to the Malian and Senegalese borders economic life is picking up thanks to an early recovery project for vulnerable households. Fatimetou Mint Mohammed, 52, remembers: “With the drought, we had to walk three kilometers to the closest water point. Now, not on More

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Egypt: An integrated approach to fighting FGM

In the village of Beir Anbar in the district of Keft, Egypt, young children and village elders alike gathered in the community centre.  A choir of school girls came forward to chant a jingle: ‘I am born perfect with my body whole. Why do you want to cut us, and take away the rights that God gav More

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Mock drills prepare Kosovo* for earthquakes

As the earthquake alarm sounded, students at the Selami Hallaqi primary school in Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kosovo, scrambled to take cover, hiding under tables and in doorways. Once their teachers declared the environment safe enough to walk through, they led the students outside to wait for emergency servi More

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Biodiversity conservation yields organic tea in China

As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate the best tea leaves, it is important to find a place with amiable weather and quality water supply. So mountains provide suitable conditions for tea to grow,” More

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