Stories


Hope for Yemen

Yemen was already poor before the war began in 2015. People lived on an average of US $4.5 a day. Unemployment hovered at 52 per cent.  


Through the Looking Glass

A beautifully diverse country, Yemen sits at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula. Steeped in culture and rich in World Heritage Sites, Yemen once had a flourishing economy that played a vital…  


Starting Over

The consequences of conflict are not only seen on battlefields. In Yemen, conflict has interrupted development and, some would argue, reversed it altogether  


UNDP continued to Strengthen Resilience of Yemeni Communities in 2017

Yemen is facing an unprecedented political, humanitarian, and development crisis. Yemen’s post-Arab Spring transition did not conclude peacefully and spiraled into a full-blown war in March 2015.  


Painting for pupils: Beautifying Mosul’s schools

A dedicated team of residents from Mosul — mostly women — are earning an income by providing almost 200 schools with new desks, colourful murals and luscious plants.  


Reading and rebuilding: Mosul University Library

Mosul University’s Central Library — once a cultural icon — was ravaged by ISIL. But that hasn’t stopped students continuing their love for reading.  


Changing Laws or Changing Mindsets

Across the Arab region, women can be doctors, saving hundreds of lives, managers of companies worth billions of dollars, inventers of life changing products, renowned lawyers, activist, teachers, or…  


A new way of working in crisis

It’s been one year since Somalia declared drought as a national emergency. The large-scale, collective humanitarian response that followed helped keep the country from sliding into famine. And now the…  


A home to return to in Bartela, Iraq

UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) in Iraq is working with local contractors to restore 2,100 houses in Bartela as part of ongoing stabilization work. Work is almost complete on the badly…  


The Netherlands renews commitment to Stabilization in Iraq

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Iraq, H.E. Matthijs Wolters visited the city of Fallujah today accompanied by senior officials from the United Nations Development Programme’s…  

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