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  • "From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East Sudan"From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East SudanMar 3, 2013In the remote village of Diemoyo of Red Sea State in Eastern Sudan, a region suffering from some of the lowest development indicators in the country, the once high rate of child and maternal mortality has recently been reduced.

  • 3 Goats bring self-sufficiency to local communities 3 Goats bring self-sufficiency to local communities Jan 8, 2013Southern Jordan observes the aspects of poor infrastructure, land and water sacristy with high poverty rate of 24.2%. As you travel to the Southern Jordan, you start to witness the features of poverty and deprivation all over the surroundings

  • A better livelihood for Safiyo Jan 4, 2013The smile on Safiyo Hassan Jama’s* face reveals her satisfaction at moving up from a casual labourer to a livestock farmer. She is a beneficiary of UNDP’s Area-based Early Recovery for Affected Communities (ABER) project.

  • A dream comes true Jan 4, 2013Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children

  • A glimpse of hope for better times aheadA glimpse of hope for better times aheadMar 27, 2013Ar-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 smile from an internally displaced people’s camp Jan 4, 2013Ibrahim 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 Jan 4, 2013Sheikh 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.

  • A tour boat sets sail in Gaza, launching a better life A tour boat sets sail in Gaza, launching a better life Jun 11, 2014When he graduated recently with a degree in architecture, Raed El-Shorafa, 27, faced the risk of joining increasing numbers of the unemployed in Gaza. Despite his good academic performance, job opportunities were rare.

  • Adapting technology to local needs in EgyptAdapting technology to local needs in EgyptJul 17, 2013Siwa, Egypt—Fatma Ibrahim, a poor mother of six, has been illiterate all her life. As a child her hardworking parents made simple handicrafts and sold them to make ends meet.

  • Alternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh startAlternative livelihoods - Giving young Somalis a fresh startApr 22, 2014Rushing 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.

Arab Development Challenges Report 2011

This second Development Challenges Report, coming at a time when the region is passing through a critical historical juncture, attempts to go beyond the numbers to uncover processes that have underpinned mutually reinforcing drivers of social, economic and political exclusion.

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