Our Stories

  •   Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqJun 24, 2015For Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months.

  •   Sweeter than Honey: Economic Recovery Returns to Darfur Sweeter than Honey: Economic Recovery Returns to DarfurSep 10, 2015South 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 aheadA glimpse of hope for better times aheadSep 10, 2015Ar-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 SudanA kindergarten story from SudanJan 4, 2013Khartoum 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.

  • A smile from an internally displaced people’s camp Sep 10, 2015Ibrahim 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.

  • A sustainable income at last Sep 10, 2015Sheikh 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 LibyaActivists make a difference as civic educators in LibyaSep 10, 2015

  • Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh startAlternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh startSep 10, 2015Rushing 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-businessesBasic farming inputs help Yemeni famers re-establish their agro-businessesNov 19, 2013Hajj 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.

  • Bringing Back the Smile: Zuhria's StoryBringing Back the Smile: Zuhria's StoryJan 4, 2013Zuhria Ahmed Yonis was only 15 years old when she lost one of her legs. "It was spring time. I went with my mother and friends to harvest, when suddenly a mine exploded under my feet,” Zuhria said.

Featured Publications
Preventing Crisis, Enabling Recovery: BCPR Annual Report 2011

Disasters, violent conflict, and economic and climate-related turbulence continue to claim lives, destroy economies and livelihoods, and undermine development progress for millions of people. Crisis prevention, recovery and reducing the vulnerability of countries to catastrophe are cornerstones of UNDP’s work.

Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract

Based upon an extensive stocktaking of UNDP’s experience in crisis affected contexts, Governance for Peace: Securing the Social Contract provides insights on new approaches to governance promotion, analysis and programming adapted to the 21st century challenges of fragility.

Putting Resilience at the Heart of Development: Investing in Prevention and Resilient Recovery

Disasters cause human suffering, environmental and economic harm, and set back progress on eliminating poverty. If disaster risk isn’t well managed, the consequences are manifold. Disaster risk reduction is, therefore, an investment worth making by all countries. Every dollar spent reducing people’s vulnerability to disasters saves around seven dollars in economic losses.