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'Invisible' women; when home is not a sanctuary

The challenges women and girls face in returning to their communities after being associated with extremist groups.  

Universities Against Corruption

Corruption in the Arab States region has an additional enemy to fear. On this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, university students from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Tunisia came together to…  

Iraq After ISIL: Repairing Homes, Rebuilding Communities

About UNDP’s housing work in Iraq UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) is working to repair homes in neighbourhoods across Iraq that were under ISIL control. Across Anbar and Ninewa, UNDP…  

Corruption? What corruption?

Change does not happen overnight. It requires time, perseverance, innovation and partnerships. And when there is a lot of resistance to change, you realize that you may be working in the right…  

Changing Laws or Changing Mindsets

Across the Arab region, women can be doctors, saving hundreds of lives, managers of companies worth billions of dollars, inventers of life changing products, renowned lawyers, activist, teachers, or…  

Climate Change and the Rise of Poverty

Today over 2 billion people, or one third of the global population, are poor or near-poor and face persistent vulnerabilities, including from climate change  

Can Innovation work in crisis-affected areas?

Somalia has lately been hitting the headlines for all the right reasons. Two of the world’s leading broadcasters – the BBC and Reuters – have hailed the country’s efforts to tap into the potential of…  

Towards Disability-Inclusive Development in the Arab States

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. While there is much progress to remark on disability-inclusive development, more advances are needed if we are to live up to the promise of…  

Decarbonizing Development in the Middle East

This week sees commencement of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24)  

Acting for the 2030 agenda

The promise of peace, prosperity and sustainability for all that is embodied in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development cannot be achieved but through the collaborative engagement of all key…  

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