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Microfinance in the districts of Djibouti

1 July 2009 It is 9 a.m. in an alley in Balbala, an immense area on the outskirts of Djibouti City. People hurry to and fro in front of the shop run by Nima Moussa Warfa, as they embark on a shopping expedition, engaged in a quest for rice, pasta, flour, and other basic foodstuffs. Aicha Doualeh more

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Microsoft and UNDP put the lights on youth in Egypt with local employability initiative to create future business leaders

My dream was to help other youth find their path,” said Ashraf Abou Zeid, Masr Ta3mal (Masr Works) trainer in Aswan Youth Center. Ashraf, like hundreds of youth, was recruited by the Ministry of Youth, trained by Microsoft Egypt on the Career Coaching curricula, and became Masr Ta3mal Career trainermore

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More water, better lives for Sudanese farmers

Until recently, farmers in northeast Sudan used to rely solely on rainfall for their subsistence crops, despite fertile land and groundwater close to the surface. “There is a big difference now,” said Aisha Sharief, who heads a farm run by women in the rural community of Arabaat. “Nowadays we have pmore

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New Shop, New Life - Amin’s Story

  Amin Hassan Sulaiman was only ten years old when he lost his right leg, left arm, left eye and three fingers from his right hand after a mine exploded in his field.  “I was grazing animals in Spring 2001 in my village Bekma when I found the strange object” Amin remembers.    Ammore

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New nets help fishermen in Gaza become self-reliant

The Swedish Village, a remote village of fishermen in the far south of the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territory, is home to some 95 households living under extreme poverty. Visitors to the Village – built by the Swedish Government in the 1960s – can immediately see the poor infrastructurmore

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Nurturing entrepreneurship amidst destruction

J.H. never imagined that her home made business will flourish and the “baytoti” brand will become a household name in Raqqa and neighbouring villages. J., the eldest of her siblings, is the principal breadwinner in a family of six. At 43 and single, she has been earning little income from selling homore

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On UN day: UNDP/PAPP staff join Palestinian farmers in their olive harvest

By Dania Darwish-Communication Officer UNDP/PAPP Celebrating the UN Day more than 100 UN staff members from eleven UN sister organizations including the UN Special Envoy Mr. Robert Serry and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined the Palestinian farmers harvest their olive trees in Turmusaya village nmore

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Organic RRP honey a sweet success

  “We believe that honey is medicine,” says 38-year-old Panuel Lorwue.   And since the RRP introduced modern hives and trained beekeepers on how to safely harvest; this sweet nectar is not only healing bodies, but also the economy of Central Equatoria.   As a young boy Lorwue would fmore

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Mobilizing efforts for peace in Sudan

In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcare centre for neighborhood youths a few years after her demobilization has blossomed into something much more. After years of providing support services to the war effort, Aimore

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Pomegranate boom in Upper Egypt

Al Badary is a village in the heart of Assiut governorate in Upper Egypt. The small village made it to the news headlines in the past when the raging fire of vengeance between competing tribes spread wreaking havoc in the area. Recently, the name of the village is circulating in local news, telling more

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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