Ensuring human security

Building Inclusive Societies
IRAQ: With $18 million funding from the Government of Japan, UNDP turned the Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital from war debris in 2004 to a modern structure that now boasts state of the art diagnostic, treatment and operating equipment.

More than any other phenomenon, conflicts in the Arab region have stripped people, communities and countries of the choices they need to build better lives for themselves and plan for a better future. They have rolled back hard-won development gains and rendered progress on long-standing challenges all the more difficult to attain.


  • In Sudan, 17,520 former combatants have been successfully re-integrated into society.
  • In 2012, Jordan was declared the first country in the Middle East to attain mine-free status.
  • In the region nearly 300,000 jobs were created through various youth employment schemes in 2012.

Poverty, political turmoil and repression have all pushed youth across the region to seek alternate routes to survival: piracy in Somalia, gangs in Sudan, and confrontations with Syrian refugees in Jordan, to name a few.

UNDP has channeled funds from Japan to directly help people affected by conflict. Whether they suffered from the destruction of their schools, homes, workplaces or roads, or whether they are rehabilitated former combatants looking for a safer future, UNDP provides support to the peace process by helping develop the skills of government officials, building schools, hospitals, sewage systems, bolstering local government organizations, and promoting human development and security in the region.

Our Stories

  • I am from South Kordofan: A community member participates in a peacebuilding drama group in Dilling, South Kordofan State in August 2012 (Photo credit: SUDIA).

    Mobilizing efforts for peace in Sudan
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    In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcaremore

  • In South Kordofan, outreach activities included theatre, community radio, and focus group discussions designed for more community engagement to drum up support for peace among local people in state

    “I am from South Kordofan”: Peace Ambassadors Spread the Message
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      Khartoum - The Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme has implemented a large-scale peace building project in both Khartoummore

Projects and Initiatives


Early Recovery for Sustaining Transition Gains and Ensuring Transition to Recovery in Libya Project

The project will prioritize initial capacity needs and priority activities in following areas: Support and develop capacities of civil society organization to provide services and rebuild conflict affected cities and Strengthen capacity of local civil society organizations in particular key managerial and technical areas. The fund is 460,000 (USD). The project period is from March 2012 to February 2013. The achievement of this project is designing a mapping of local governance institutions concluded based on diagnostic field study of pilot local governance units (Local councils). more


Capacity development of local technical committees in Infrastructure Damage Assessments in Aleppo, Homs and Rural Damascus

The project’s specific objectives are to ensure that proper damage assessment methodologies are developed and relevant technical people are trained and ready to engage in such local level assessments particularly in the hard hit areas. The fund is 500,000 (USD). The project period from April 2013 to mid 2014. The achievement is that UNDP local staff finalized the mapping of the local associations working in Aleppo, Rural Damascus and Homs. This mapping helped identifying all active actors in the local communities. The same exercise is taking place in other governorates in order to engage the relevant technical representatives from the local communities in the training packages on the damage assessment methodologies and implementation. more

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Somalia: A few years ago Ali, 21, the eldest of three children was orphaned when his parents died
in an explosion. He started working at a security checkpoint. Disillusioned with his life, he turned to drugs and violence and gave up his childhood dream to become a football star. With sky rocketing youth unemployment rates, young Somali men often turned to gangs, piracy and other acts of violence for sustenance. In 2011, UNDP and other UN agencies, with funding from Japan, launched a programme to give young Somalis an opportunity for rehabilitation and personal development. Through this initiative, Ali, now a trained mechanic, is among the 1,650 youth who have benefited to date.

Japan and the Arab States: Partners for Development

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