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Central African Republic: Entrepreneurs build businesses through micro-credits

With conflict raging once again in the small, beleaguered Central African Republic, protecting the businesses, savings and livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable communities has become one of many priorities. A micro-finance programme, implemented by UNDP and is partners, was designed to hemore


Multi-use engines drive women's empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

Before the installation of a diesel-fueled engine, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness each night. The only light would be cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman, Kadia Kone.  This scene is repeated throughout rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where 9more


Ethiopia: Cultivating agriculture, cutting poverty

Ethiopia aims to become a middle-income country in the next 15 years. But despite high economic growth rates, it struggles with poverty and food insecurity. For development to be successful, benefits must be widely shared. That’s why UNDP has focused a significant portion of its support to Ethiopia more

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Poverty Reduction in Africa

Poverty reduction lies at the heart of everything UNDP does in Africa to advance human dignity and inclusive development. To bring about deep-rooted change, we help countries act on the multiple and interconnected dimensions of poverty and inequality.

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Africa Human Development Report 2012: Towards a Food Secure Future

The 2012 Human Development Report for Africa explores why dehumanizing hunger remains pervasive in the region, despite abundant agricultural resources, a favorable growing climate, and rapid economic growth rates. It also emphasizes that food security is essential for human development.

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