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  •   The National Elections Commission registers over 75% of eligible voters in preparation for the upcoming Elections

    Khartoum, 6 January 2010 - Early official reports from the National Elections Commission provide optimism for the April polling process. The Commission registered over 16 million voters throughout Sudan from Nov 1 through Dec 7, 2009. This is 79% of just over 20 million eligible Sudanese voters determined by the 2008 census exercise. In April, Sudanese citizens will democratically elect the President of Sudan, President of the Government of Southern Sudan, State Governors, and National and State Assemblies.

  • A future in politics for women in Algeria

    Yasmina is a lawyer by training, but after she got married, it took a lot of courage for her to step out of her housewife status and get involved in politics.

  • A source of joy - Tour boat sets sail in Gaza

    Graduated recently as an architect, Raed El-Shorafa, 27 years old, was facing the risk of joining the increasing numbers of the unemployed in Gaza. Despite his good average, the job opportunities are rare. “I had no income. I was a burden on my family. Future is ahead and I was not certain of my plans” Raed said. Raed was granted USD 6,500 as part of the MDG Joint Programme on Culture and Development of USD 3 million.

  • Access to Justice for the vulnerable in Egypt

    On the steps of the Family Court in the Heliopolis neighborhood of Egypt’s capital, Cairo, ‘Ayesha’, who preferred not to give her real name, tells a story that is all too common.

  • Activists make a difference as civic educators in Libya
  • Art serves as a meeting point for youth affected by conflict

    “Even though she is in pain, she’s still dancing!” Ma’ammar El Jasem says, standing proudly next to his creation: a ballerina wrapped in metal wires. At such a young age, the 13-year-old Syrian sculptor may not be fully aware that he’s representing the power of survival.

  • Borama Mayor proud of his District’s achievements

    The mayor of Borama is proud of the service delivery improvements his district has made with the support of the United Nations. The mayor’s pride is reflected in the numerous awards that decorate his desk, including one from the UN Joint Program on Local Governance and Decentralized Service Delivery (JPLG) for the Best District Council 2009 for projects implementation in Somaliland.

  • Caravan for peace

    At first encounter, they could pass for 20 year olds. Their voices and agility is amazing. But, they have been around much longer. Most of them are in the 50s and 60s. Yet, their voices and acting prowess are as fresh as ever.

  • Contributing to human security in Darfur

    UK Minister for International Development, Lynne Featherstone, had the opportunity to witness the impact of community policing and paralegal support in Abu Shouk Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) camp that is provided by the Paralegal Justice and Confidence Center (JCC) in Darfur.

  • A visit to Hargeisa Municipal offices in Somaliland captures ones attention. As you enter through the door, you jostle with revenue collection clerks bringing returns, businessmen coming to verify their tax records, councilors tracking some claims, and accounts officials searching for records, while the data entry clerks are glued to the systems either conducting data entry, verifying or retrieving records. Indeed, things have changed greatly thanks to the Automated Information Management Systems (AIMS).

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