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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 locmore

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Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

Like many other young students of his age in Jordan, Yousef El Mughrabi, 23, was full of dreams and plans for his future. Living in Ma’an, a southern Jordanian governorate where one in four people live in poverty and one in five is unemployed, Yousef’s dream was a simple one: securing a respectable more

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Empowering young women in Upper Egypt: ENID’s work in Qena

Saaeda Atta Ahmed thought her destiny was set in stone as a young women living in a poor rural village of Upper Egypt. But with education and training provided by UNDP, she now envisions a different future. Saaeda, like so many others, had to drop out from school, since education is still consideredmore

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Empowering communities and women

Targeting unemployed youth and women, the “Micro-finance Credit and Services to Needy Citizens of Bahrain” Project was launched in 2009 with the aim of creating an enhanced environment for equitable, job creation and reducing unemployment in Bahrain.  In cooperation with the Government of Bahramore

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Empowering female entrepreneurs in Somalia

In Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, poverty and the lack of economic opportunities often force communities to turn to piracy-based incomes to survive.   In the coastal town of Eyl (in Puntland), UNDP and local authorities are working closely with community groups to identify ways to prevemore

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Encouraging and supporting youth employment in Tunisia

Nothing in Nesrine Berhouma’s destiny pointed to snail farming. Yet, at just 27 years old, this young Tunisian has courageously taken on a relatively novel activity. “It’s still hard to manage administrative problems or relationships with the banks. It’s a real obstacle course,” explains Nesrine, whmore

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Entrepreneurial spirits in Gaza / Small grants - big difference

Sameer al Hams’ workshop is hard to miss. Twelve washing machines spill from its doors into the dusty street. He shares the workspace with a yellow, stretch Mercedes taxi and dozens of old televisions and spare parts. But it is the washing machines that have transformed Sameer’s life, giving him more

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Women’s economic empowerment in Iraq

A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses came together to share the challenges they faced and how they overcame to become an integral part of the Iraqi economy.   The past three decades in Iraq have been more

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

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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

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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