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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 kilograms more

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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 fo more

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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 he more

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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 classr more

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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 th more

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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 o more

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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. Rim more

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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 ban more

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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, elimin more

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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 antiretro more

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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 shorta more

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UNDP promotes peace in Kyrgyzstan

Uzgen, Kyrgyzstan: In a region beset with inter-ethnic violence, a UNDP supported scheme is training media, promoting conflict resolution and even fostering cross cultural friendships to strengthen peace.     Three elderly women sit in the sun talking and sipping tea. They have been g more

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Ghana: New wells bring peace

Instead of going to school, Fatimata Seidu, a 12-year-old girl from Changli in northern Ghana, used to spend long hours fetching water for her family. With only one deep well for a community of 10,500 inhabitants, heated disputes over water sent many children, including Fatimata, on long treks in se more

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In Niger, groups of women fight against sand encroachment

Squatting among around 15 women wrapped in beautiful colourful fabrics, Bintou Bira, well over 60, picks up handfuls of sand and puts it into plastic bags. Over the  last several months, her group of 73 female nursery workers, in collaboration with the authorities of Mainé Soroa in southeastern more

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China: Mosuo women artisans reach world market

Luru-Dashima, a female artisan from the Mosuo community in southwest China, never imagined  her painstakingly hand-woven scarves would sit atop shiny shelves in Tangs, an upscale Singaporean department store. But for its latest Christmas sale, Tangs chose products not from Europe’s famous fashi more

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Women gain ground in El Salvador’s politics

Ana Luisa Rodríguez de González has already served four terms as the mayor of Atiquizaya. She won her first election in 2003. In that same year, of the 262 municipal councils holding elections, only 15 were led by women. "These first elections I contested were a two-fold challenge for me", more

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Kyrgyzstan: Community development provides relief during harsh winter

The village of Kazybek, at the foot of the mountains in Naryn province, Kyrgyzstan, endures extremely harsh winters, with temperatures averaging around -20Cº and sometimes dropping as low as -40Cº. “Previously, the kindergarten was only open during the warmer seasons and closed for nearly five month more

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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.