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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.  


UNDP Regional Programme for Arab States 2018–2021

The Arab States region continues to face substantial development challenges. Yet, in its first year of implementation, the UNDP’s Regional Programme for Arab States was able to advance significantly…  


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.  


Igniting change for women in Iraq: Nibras

As the lead Site Engineer for the Domeez electricity substation in Mosul, Nibras is challenging gender stereotypes about women working in construction in Iraq.  


Igniting change for women in Iraq: Huda

About half of Iraq’s engineering graduates are female — but proving to find work after studying is sometimes a challenge. As the lead site Engineer at Al Qubba Substation in Mosul, Huda shows this…  


Social innovators, leaders, and powerful forces for change

Throughout the Arab region UNDP’s rapidly-growing Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) is helping young men and women to become positive change-makers and fullfil their dreams of a more just, equal and…  


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…  

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