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  • 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

    The island of Idjwi is a heaven of peace at the east of DRC, its isolation preventing it from being involved in the region's conflicts. Yet this small territory is also the most populated, which entails a number of economic 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

    In a student hostel in Jalalabad, Afghanistan something extraordinary is taking place. A young woman sits on her hostel bed, bent over a textbook. This is Abida, and she is training to be a nurse in a country where most women haven't finished primary school.

  •  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.

  • Banking on community: Inclusive finance for poverty reduction in DR Congo

    Nearly 55 percent of the population is classed as “financially excluded”, and potential borrowers are often unable to provide the guarantees required to receive credit.

  • Transforming challenges into opportunities

    Over the past decade, Peru's economy has been one of the fastest growing in Latin America. The country has cut poverty and extreme poverty in half, especially in rural areas. However, not everyone has reaped the benefits of this growth. A large segment of the population is relegated to outlying neighborhoods of large cities, where poverty has been rising in recent years.

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