• Female-run farms flourish after RRP training
    Aug 13, 2012

    Helen Koja holds her son in her arms as she strolls through fields of fresh green vegetables. She bends down, picks a piece of spinach and hands it to the baby in her arms. This, she says, is full of vitamins; and will help children to grow up strong. The spinach and other crops surrounding Koja’s home are doing more than that: they are providing much needed income for the community after years of poverty and conflict.

  • Arab water conference proposes actions to avoid future Conflict
    Jul 29, 2012

    UNDP Iraq representatives recently attended the Arab Water Conference in Baghdad under the title of “The Application of International Law in Protecting Arab Water Rights in Shared Waters with non-Arab countries”.

  • Cluster munitions maim and kill Iraqis every day
    Jul 15, 2012

    Iraq - Every year hundreds of Iraqis are killed or maimed by cluster munitions and landmines, due to Iraq’s contamination of millions of explosive remnants of war (ERW). According to Iraqi figures, the contamination claimed 14,000 victims between 1991 and 2007, while in the three Kurdish governorates the estimated number of victims (both injuries and deaths) was 8,174 between 1991 and 2008.

  • Buray flood control dykes changes life at Khadijo Haji village
    Jul 14, 2012

    In the Gedo region of Somalia, water from seasonal streams runs freely in the Dawa and Jubba rivers. Communities and Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) who live along these streams live in abject poverty. They lack resources and skills to utilize the water during rainy seasons to better their lives.

  • UNDP help Lebanese women in conflict-worn communities
    Jul 7, 2012

    Beirut - More than 40 women’s cooperatives have formed small businesses across Lebanon to revitalize communities that were economically devastated by the 34-day conflict with Israel in 2006.

  • Democracy cannot be achieved without women as voters, leaders and candidates during the elections
    Jul 7, 2012

    In marking the International Day of Democracy today, this feature spotlights UNDP’s support to Tunisia in its steady transition to democracy with particular focus on strengthening women’s candidates for the Constituent Assembly elections.

  • Income brings hope to Somali families facing famine
    Jul 5, 2012

    With her two children losing weight fast and family income drying up, 26-year-old Haredo Ali, from Somalia’s southern Bakool region, was stuck at the centre of the country’s worst drought in 60 years.

  • Not business as usual: Developing Palestinian exports

    Mahdi Hassan is proud of the challenges he overcame to gradually become one of the biggest exporters of Palestinian date palm. “Medjool date, grown in Jericho, is renowned for its taste,” says Mahdi, general manager of Emirates Delight. “We exported nearly 700 tonnes last year”, 10 times more than when the company started in 2008.

  • From illiteracy to financial literacy: Karima can now provide for her children and “keep dignity”
  • UNDP-Shell partnership rehabilitates primary school in Basra to improve educational outcomes

    The long conflict in Iraq has gravely affected the education sector, imposing numerous challenges on accessibility, delivery, sustainability and quality of this vital public service. Over time, specifically the poor quality of facilities available to students can be a demotivating factor that limits learning opportunities.

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