Our stories

  • 'Connekting' youth to skills and jobs

    Though scarred and decimated by the horrific 1994 genocide, Rwanda today is an example of how rapid post-war reconstruction can create new economic opportunities. But Rwanda’s main industry exporting commodities like coffee, tea, tin, and wolframite, cannot sustain the phenomenal surge in the country’s population — youth under 35 years old account for nearly 40% of the overall population.

  • Little heart, standing tall

    In partnership with WHO and UNICEF, UNDP is supporting Mexico's efforts to ensure full inclusion of children with disabilities.

  • Poverty isn’t permanent.

    For International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UNDP challenges you to rethink what you think you know about poverty.

  • How your daily choices can help build peace

    This year for International Youth Day, the United Nations asked young people worldwide, “How can you help spread peace?”

  • Fishing for prosperity

    At once beautiful and isolated, the island of Idjwi is confronting a number of social and environmental challenges.

  • Perking up the coffee business

    Despite the success of their coffee around the world, small producers fight to secure their future and preserve their environment.

  • 3 continents, 3 lakes in danger

    There is no shortage of water on the planet. More than two-thirds of the earth’s surface is covered in the stuff. But 97 percent of this is salty ocean water. The remaining freshwater is mostly found in the form of ice, leaving precious little available for human use.

  • Dominican women: Creativity from banana waste

    Valverde, de 160 mil habitantes, se destaca por la producción y exportación de banano, lo que genera 15.000 empleos directos. Sin embargo, la cantidad de mujeres productoras con fincas propias es muy limitado. A través de la creatividad, Renata y otras mujeres buscaron una alternativa para generar ingresos a partir de este producto.

  • All access Afghanistan

    Nurses are hard to find in rural Nuristan Province in eastern Afghanistan. But women like Abida Nowroz are set to change this.

  •  Silent Roar : Supporting Snow Leopard Conservation for Sustainable Development

    Despite contributing significantly to the cultural identity of the diverse ethnic groups and nations that call the high mountain regions their home, the number of snow leopards is rapidly dwindling. In the 12 countries where they are currently found there are only an estimated 4,000 snow leopards left.

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