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Young Iraqi painter Rami al-Tamimi: “I draw energy from my disability”

Disabled at birth and born to an art loving family in Basra Southern Iraq, Rami al-Tamimi, now 23, has grown into a fine artist. A spinal birth defect has affected his ability to walk. Yet, to Rami,…  


New roads lead to new opportunities

In Iraq, on the banks of the Diyala River, the provincial capital of Ba’aqubah 50 kilometres northeast of Baghdad, swelters for much of the year. When the wind picks up over the warmer months,…  


“We were sitting on broken chairs.”

“We couldn’t do much for our patients but examine them and make a diagnosis. The clinic was full of debris and contaminated with wastewater,” said Dr Mohammed Samir.  


Prolonged conflict would make Yemen the poorest country in the world, UNDP study says

Yemen will become the poorest country in the world if its conflict goes on through 2022, a new report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) projects.  


Assesing the Impact of War on Development in Yemen

The study is intended to advocate to the parties to the conflict on the consequences of the conflict on medium- and long-term development, as recovery to the pre-conflict levels would require two to…  


Japan and UNDP Sign Agreement in Support of Resilience for Communities Affected by Crisis in Syria

New York - The Regional Bureau for Arab States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed today an agreement with Japan to expand efforts to strengthen resilience of communities…  


Upgrade “When I returned to school, I was overwhelmed with joy.”

Ahmed Al Abani is nine years old and lives in Sirt, Libya. Because he uses a wheelchair, he and his family have had to struggle to fulfill his right to a quality education.  


UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner Official Mission to Yemen

UNDP’s Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner has returned from a five-day visit to Yemen where he traveled to Aden, Sana’a, and Hodeidah, to meet with communities, officials, and members of the United…  


UNDP Administrator’s Statement Mission to Yemen

I have just returned from five days in Yemen, where I traveled to Aden, Sana’a, and Hodeidah, to meet with communities, officials, and members of the UN family.  


Innovation for Crisis

‘Innovation’ has been the buzzword of the decade, often overused and at times misunderstood. In business, politics and academia, innovation has become the preferred term to talk about new, different…  

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