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Empowering youth and promoting social inclusion in Lebanon

The story of Hassan Khazaal is one of resilience and perseverance to discover ones capacities and delve into a long journey of change and self-development. Today, the 27-year-old youth leader from Tibnin in south Lebanon, 120 km away from the capital city of Beirut, sits in a relatively small officemore


Bedouin handicrafts goes global through small businesses

Since 2006, Yosra El Sayed, a 25-year-old mother of a two, had been struggling for the survival of her small Bedouin handicraft shop, which competes against the big bazaars of Beer El Abed in Northwest Sinai. Yosra has an innate talent that yields high quality products, but without the adequate manamore


Boosting economic growth

Securing livelihoods and ensuring access to education and healthcare services have been at the centre of UNDP’s mission to reduce poverty around the world. In the Arab region, the unmet needs of a young population that still suffers from the highest rates of unemployment can no longer be ignored. Inmore

Borama communities successfully battle soil erosion

Monday, 01 March 2010 Years of support to communities in Sogsogley and Ashado in Borama have begun to bear fruit. The communities are now pushing back the threats to their livelihoods brought on by land degradation. Sogsogley and Ashado are among the fertile valleys of Awdal region, where the cumore


Businesses bloom in Sudan

Picking flowers is not generally considered hazardous, but Alhadi Ibrahim Muhammed is using a gargara for his protection as he plucks blooms from a hibiscus plant. The small, metal tool allows him to avoid painful skin reactions as he picks the colourful crop.   Muhammed, a 45-year-old farmer imore


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. The Elgab Ambulatory Clinic, located in southern Mogadishu, was more


Community farms cultivate food and financial success

By Jaime Jacques* Red Sea - As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water. Dressed in vibrant comore


Constructing a future for youth in Tunisia

Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia. "From the time I was young, I was fascinated by weaving and I sensed how many women who cmore


Reviving livelihoods of cow owners: How UNDP helped farmers retain their cows

(AL-Ghab/Hama-Syria)-The ongoing crisis in Syria has exacerbated the situation for people raising cattle in the country.  This ancient livelihood which once provided income for more than 20% of the 8.8 million rural population of Syria is now endangered. Entering its fourth year, the conflict hmore


Dignity restored - Maryam's story

2 April 2012 By Ibrahim Baba-ali, Programme Specialist, Mine Action, UNDP Iraq 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 wamore

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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