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Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) at the forefront in the AIDS response in the Arab region

The challenge of addressing universal access to treatment and human rights for people living with HIV, the theme of the World AIDS Day (WAD) 2010, cannot be achieved in the Arab Region without the support of respected religious leaders. In the Arab Region, where HIV/AIDS is a growing crisimore

Farming as a way out of poverty

Thursday, 09 September 2010 Berdale district in the Bay region bears the brunt of the civil war in the country. Most of the people here are agro-pastoralists or run small businesses. A UNDP Area Based Early Recovery (ABER) project is providing employment opportunities for 281 vulnerable households more

Female religious leaders lead the fight against AIDS

Female religious leaders have taken a central role in the fight against AIDS in Somalia. This follows a series of trainings recently conducted by local organizations, with support from UNDP. In Somaliland, UNDP supported four training events for female religious leaders in Hargeisa, Borama, Berberamore

First judicial training in years commences in Mogadishu

Mogadishu’s first legal training program in years was launched in April as part of a UNDP-backed effort to bolster Somalia’s judicial system. The training is aimed at judges, prosecutors and judicial support staff, and was officially opened at a colorful ceremony in the Somali capital by the Chimore

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Saudi Arabia’s first step towards clean energy technologies

Saudi Arabia hosts the world’s largest reserves of oil and has emerged as a global energy superpower. However, while past human development gains in Saudi Arabia have been achieved largely on the back of oil export revenues, and while oil exports will continue to provide significant revenues to Saumore

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Fishermen reel in shared profit

By Jaime Jacques* Red Sea - “You can always tell when you are getting near the sea, says 50-year old Ali Abu Ali. “The air feels different; cooler against your skin.” Ali and most of the men in his village have been fishing most of their lives. For them, fishing is more than a job, it is a way omore

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Flood risk management structures in Aarsal and Ras Baalbek save lives of the locals and the Syrian refugees in Bekaa region

“The damage that we used to witness before did not happen this time” wrote the Mayor of Aarsal to UNDP on the 12th of May 2014 after his village and the neighboring village of Ras Baalbek witnessed heavy rainfall resulting in floods of extreme intensity between the 7th and 9th of May. The common watmore

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Food production training makes cents

Thirty-five-year old Alwaia Ahmed Elnigai might have never known she had an entrepreneurial streak in her had she not decided to participate in the RRP food processing course that was offered in Tuaakin, a small and sleepy village with little economic activity in River Nile State. “I had no incomemore

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Fresh air and green areas for Saida citizens

“Almost ninety percent of the garbage mountain is now gone, due to the process of rehabilitating the dumpsite area, and the remaining 10% will be done in 1 month.” says Nicolas Gharib, UNDP Project Manager of The Rehabilitation of Saida Dumpsite Project. “I can estimate that around 50% of the whole more

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From helpless to fruitful

At age 42, a man's age of peak productivity, Fatma's father lost his left arm, left eye, right thumb and almost his right eye too when he tripped on a landmine left from World War II. As a result, his life got drastically messed up especially with nine children. According to Egypt's State Informatiomore