Our Stories

  •   Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq

    For Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months.

  •   Emergency jobs sow long-term livelihoods for youth in Jordan

    This portfolio is the result of lasting partnership between UNDP, national counterparts and a wide range of implementing partners at the field level.

  •   Sweeter than Honey: Economic Recovery Returns to Darfur

    South Darfur is known as a troubled region beset by years of endemic conflict, poverty, destruction of natural resources, and deterioration of livelihoods. However, the land is also a dynamic region that defies its popular conception as intractably and inevitably conflict-ridden. Recently, new projects being implemented by the UNDP Darfur Livelihoods Recovery Programme are slowly but surely changing that view.

  • A glimpse of hope for better times ahead

    Ar-Raqqah has been in the news a great deal lately as the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the conflict in Syria that has been going on since March 2011. This once prosperous province hosted one of the capitals of Harun Al-Rashid, the famous Abbasid Caliph, has seen a dramatic downturn in recent years.

  • A kindergarten story from Sudan

    Khartoum November 2012 - Aisha Jumma, or Mamma Aish as the young boys and girls in her kindergarten call her, is one of 300 female ex-combatants who received reintegration support package in 2011 as part of UNDP's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programme in Sudan.

  • Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991.

  • Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.

  • Activists make a difference as civic educators in Libya
  • Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh start

    Rushing about her teashop in downtown Eyl, a coastal village in Somalia, Bisharo Abdi looks the part of a busy young shopowner. However, behind this chatty young entrepenuer is a complex story. Life for Bisharo has been difficult. She was born into to a poor family in Eyl and orphaned when she was just a child. She started a small teashop to support the younger brothers and sisters she was left to care for. Today, at only 25 years of age, Bisharo is a widow.

  • Basic farming inputs help Yemeni famers re-establish their agro-businesses

    Hajj Ahmad Sayed, 61 years old, was one of hundreds of farmers who benefited from the distribution of fertilizer and seeds, which was implemented by UNDP in late 2012 in northern governorate of Sa’ada, Yemen.