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UNDP and Global Fund support Tajikistan’s response to HIV, TB and Malaria

The HIV epidemic in Tajikistan is classified as a concentrated epidemic, more prevalent among Key Affected Populations such as people who inject drugs, sex workers and men who have sex with men. According to UNAIDS, as of 2013 approximately 14,000 people live with HIV in Tajikistan, out of a total more

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Broadening career opportunities in Guatemala

Evelin Quevedo, Daniel Vargas and Sasha Saraí are around 20 years old and share the satisfaction of having reached their common goal: find a job by mastering a second language. After six months of hard work and dedication learning English through the Munijoven project, they were awarded their certifmore

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Quake awareness in Uzbekistan given a shake-up

Like many of his neighbours in Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent, Abdugani Rakhimov has a clear memory of the 1966 earthquake that destroyed more than 78,000 homes and left 300,000 citizens homeless:  “It was the sound of shaking windows that woke us up. We realised it was an earthquake and ran more

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Constructing a future for youth in Tunisia

Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia. "From the time I was young, I was fascinated by weaving and I sensed how many women who more

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Teaming up to improve public services in Moldova

For 20 years, basic water, sewer and garbage services were a rare luxury for most people in Telenesti, Moldova. The town of 9,000 used to be one of the country’s poorest. Decaying infrastructure languished without repairs. For residents like Mihai Druta, 76, that meant struggling to carry water overmore

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Uzbekistan rebuilds kindergartens in the devastated Aral Sea region

The city of Muynak, in northwestern Uzbekistan, used to be home to a flourishing fishing industry. But when the Aral Sea started to dry up, so did the jobs. Today, the population in Muynak is down to 29,000, and has the highest percentage of unemployment in the region. To address the economic, healtmore

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In Egypt, adapted technology improves women's lives

Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child, her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet. Like many girls growing up in Siwa, the largest oasis in Egypt’s western desert, Ibrahim was deprived of an education due to her family’more

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Creating a culture of leadership and results for Palestinian civil servants

By: Dania Darwish Picture this:  Groups of students huddle around large pieces of paper. The papers are adorned with bright colours and complex diagrams. One teacher praises the students’ work. Another teacher tears it up. The students, all senior members of the Palestinian civil service - aremore

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Georgia: Microloans offer new starts in war-torn regions

Dali Chilachava and her family fled their home village in Abkhazia, Georgia, after separatist conflict broke out in the region in 1993. For 12 years they endured extreme poverty, until a microfinance programme helped them to start a small business growing and selling lillies. In regions of Georgiamore

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Stronger roots: Growing resilient forests in Samoa

If you look beyond the coral reefs and blue lagoons of Samoa, you will see mountain ranges rising up from within the islands, carpeted in thick forest. Samoa’s forests, which cover around 60 percent of the land, play a critical role in the country’s diverse ecosystem. Tree roots serve to prevent soimore

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Ethnic minorities escape poverty in Viet Nam

In Muong Lat, a mountainous district of the Thanh Hoa province in Viet Nam, Luong Thi Xuan’s family is now better-off by raising Kerria Lacca, an insect that lives on palm trees and produces shellac, a kind of resin used in food, fine arts, and medicine.  “My grandparents used to raise Kerria Lmore

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A new road connects communities in Myanmar

Villagers in the northern state of Kachin in Myanmar used to be stuck home for months when the monsoon season started.  “In past rainy seasons, the road which runs through our village got very boggy. Students and travelers from our village found it difficult to get to school and to work,” says more

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Rebuilding war-torn communities in Burundi

The village of Gitukura, in the northern Burundi province of Cibitoke, has experienced firsthand the devastating consequences of two decades of ethnic conflict and civil war. Located on the Rwandan border, its inhabitants, mostly women and children, live in almost complete isolation and deprivation.more

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New opportunities for women artisans in Upper Egypt

Shaimaa Abdo El Naggar, 30, lives in Qena, one of Upper Egypt’s poorest governorates, known for its low income, poor infrastructure and lack of social services. Like many others, she had to drop out from school at a young age, since education is still considered a luxury for girls in the region. Recmore

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Defeating malaria, one of Zambia’s biggest killers

Josephine Shaba, 30, experienced first-hand the economic impact of malaria. “When I had malaria, I could not tend to my crops or animals. If we are too sick, we cannot plant and then we don’t have enough food to harvest,” she says. To pay for her and her children’s treatment, Josephine had to sell more

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Kyrgyzstan: promoting peace by improving access to water

Today, Kyrgyzstan is a relatively peaceful country, but this has not always been the case. As recently as 2010, political turmoil and simmering ethnic tension between Kyrgyz and Uzbek communities erupted into widespread violence, leaving more than 400 people dead, almost 2,000 injured and displacingmore

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Water restores joy to communities in Ecuador

“In the past, horses were used to transport water. Families only had 4 liters a day, and children went to school without showering”, says Eureo Sánchez, a teacher in the village of Unión Manabita, north of Ecuador. Until recently, the coverage and quality of water and sanitation services was below tmore

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Peru: Rebuilding communities through volunteerism

Sebastiàn Escajadillo Saire, a resident of Santa Barbara’s village south of Lima, Peru, lost everything when his house was destroyed by a magnitude 8 earthquake in 2007, which left tens of thousands homeless across the region. In October 2011, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, the Frencmore

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Preserving biodiversity, protecting livelihoods in Burundi

Located in northeastern Burundi, the Ruvubu National Park is the country’s largest protected ecosystem.  Spread over more than 50 000 hectares, it is home to rare species of plants and animals such as buffaloes. However, this unique ecosystem is threatened by poaching, bush fires, woodcutting, more

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Kyrgyzstan: HIV patient speaks for anti-retroviral therapy

Marat*, a 38-year old father and husband, learned that he was HIV positive while undergoing drug detox in 2009. Pre and post-test counselling wasn’t usual in Kyrgyzstan at the time, so Marat assumed that “HIV positive” meant good news. But after he understood the diagnosis, Marat refused the treatmemore