• The resilient women of Syria: Plumbing project in Tartous Governorate

    The region of Tartous has been relatively peaceful during the Syrian civil war. However, while a significant portion of the Governorate is not directly affected by major armed conflict, it has continued to register a huge inflow of families fleeing other parts of the country, mostly from Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, Ar-Raqqa, and Deir Ezzor, with women and children accounting for the largest percentage.

  • Reviving Tomato Farming

    (Tartous- Syria) -Syria is considered to be one of top producers of Tomatoes in the world. Sitting at the 19th place right after Tunisia and before Portugal, Syria was producing up to 1,163,300 tons in 2008 per year and up keeping livelihoods of thousands of farmers across the country.

  • Emergency Employment for IDPs in Shelters

    Located on the Mediterranean coast, the governorate of Tartous is currently hosting 500,000 displaced persons from various neighboring governorates since the start of the crisis in Syria. While communities in Tartous have been welcoming, a significant burden on basic services has emerged leaving local hosts not fully capable of fulfilling the needs of the displaced persons who sometimes arrives with only the clothes they have on.

  • Syria Crisis - Beyond the Borders

    With the crisis in Syria now entering its fourth year, the devastating cost in human suffering shows no clear sign of abating. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the crisis has set Syria’s development back an estimated 35 years, a legacy which may require decades to reverse.

  • The prospect of a greener Kuwait

    Along with UNDP Kuwait, there are several agencies in the field trying to keep the public’s attention on this issue. For example, a number of agencies teamed up to commemorate World Environment Day along with UNDP Kuwait. The event highlighted the main issues in protecting the marine environment in Kuwait - a multi-faceted topic that was treated as such.

  • Harnessing the Power of the Sun – bringing Solar Panels to Somaliland

    In the city of Burao, like in other areas of Somaliland, electricity is one of the most expensive commodities. Electricity is provided by a number of private companies, using generators that consume a lot of fuel, making electricity one of the biggest challenges to both development and investment as people struggle with high electricity bills.

  • The hidden danger - Hakim’s story

    Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children. He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate and previously worked as a guard at a government’s office. “Life wasn’t too bad then, we had our own place and I had a steady income from my job” Hakim remembers.

  • Dignity restored - Maryam's story

    Maryam lives with her husband and two children in a small and dilapidated house in Penjwen. She was injured by an unexploded ordnance in 1982. After her accident, she was isolated until she was approached with an offer by the UNDP-supported Iraqi NGO, the Kurdistan Organisation for Rehabilitation of the Disabled (KORD).

  • Clinic renovation and skills training improve quality of life in Mogadishu

    Thousands of people in Mogadishu are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to a newly-renovated health clinic and a skills training program that were supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Program.

  • Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

    Il est neuf heures du matin dans une ruelle de Balbala, vaste quartier périphérique à la sortie de Djibouti Ville. Les clients se bousculent devant le commerce de Nima Moussa Warfa, faisant leurs courses pour s’approvisionner en riz, pâtes, farine, et autres aliments de base.

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