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  • 05 Oct 2011
    Successful Nigeria elections boost democratic process

    Nigeria’s general elections held from April and May of this year were widely hailed as credible, free and fair by international observers and citizen groups.

  • 26 Sep 2011
    UN pays tribute to Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai

    The United Nations today paid tribute to Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners, who died on Sunday.

  • 23 Sep 2011
    Zambians praised for peaceful elections

    Lusaka, 23 September 2011 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon today commended the Zambian people following recent elections, saying he was “pleased that Zambians had shown Africa and the world that change can be brought about peacefully when democracy is allowed to flourish.”

  • 19 Sep 2011
    What is UNDP doing to Respond to the Horn of Africa Food Crisis?

    After consecutive seasons of inadequate rainfall, countries in the Horn of Africa are facing the worst drought in 60 years – leading to the largest food crisis in 20 years, and the world’s first famine of this century. UNDP is engaged with humanitarian actors in the region as an essential part of the response, addressing underlying factors of livelihoods and governance.

  • 06 Sep 2011
    Football legend Marta, in Sierra Leone, calls for more women decision-makers

    Freetown — Five-time FIFA player of the year, Marta Vieira Da Silva, in Sierra Leone Sunday, threw her support behind efforts to involve more women in decision-making positions.

  • 29 Aug 2011
    UN pays tribute to victims of Nigeria blast

    A minute of silence was observed for the victims of Friday's deadly car bomb attack at the United Nations compound in Abuja, Nigeria.

  • 26 Aug 2011
    UNDP deeply saddened by deaths in Nigeria UN attack

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is deeply saddened by the loss of UN personnel and Nigerian citizens killed today in a car bomb attack at the UN compound in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.

  • 17 Aug 2011
    Women stand up for their rights in the new Republic of South Sudan

    Just a few days after independence was declared, the South Sudan Women Lawyers Association (SSWLA) issued a rallying call to supporters of women's rights, demanding greater equality and human rights for the women of South Sudan.

  • 08 Aug 2011
    Reflections on Independence Day in South Sudan

    It seems a little strange to fall asleep in one country and wake up the next day in a completely new one, all without having moved a single step.

  • 21 Jul 2011
    Ethiopian crop yields to get boost from UNDP, Gates Foundation

    The striped flag of the Republic of South Sudan was raised outside the United Nations Secretariat building in New York on 14 July, shortly after the General Assembly admitted the new country as the 193rd UN member.

  • 15 Jul 2011
    South Sudan officially joins United Nations

    The striped flag of the Republic of South Sudan was raised outside the United Nations Secretariat building in New York on 14 July, shortly after the General Assembly admitted the new country as the 193rd UN member.

  • 13 Jul 2011
    United Nations to scale-up relief for East Africa drought

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today called for an urgent scale-up in assistance for the millions affected by drought across Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Uganda.

  • 08 Jul 2011
    South Sudanese women break justice barriers

    Poverty, limited access to basic services, low education and literacy levels - just a few of the barriers to legal and human rights faced by women of Western Equatoria state in South Sudan.

  • 05 Jul 2011
    Tax specialist delivers "real change" in South Sudan

    Through an initiative to raise public awareness and boost the knowledge and skills of public servants in South Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helped a state in the newly-emerging east African country to increase tax revenues from zero to US$850,000 since February.

  • 10 May 2011
    Op-Ed: The renewable future

    NAIROBI: Renewable energy triggers sharply polarized views. For some, it is a costly white elephant; for others, it is humanity’s savior, promising to emancipate us (and our environment) from the “folly” of fossil fuels.

  • 06 May 2011
    Pro-poor initiative to boost job creation in Africa

    Cape Town, South Africa – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a new initiative to boost job creation through pro-poor business development that engages low-income people in Africa as customers, employees, producers or entrepreneurs.

  • 12 Apr 2011
    Cameroon community to return home after lake explosion

    Nearly 1,700 people died in 1986 when Cameroon's Lake Nyos suddenly released deadly levels of carbon dioxide into the air, following a build-up of the gas in the lake.

  • 11 Apr 2011
    Security returning to DR Congo

    Security is gradually returning to parts of the war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • 07 Apr 2011
    Multi-use engines drive empowerment in 1,000 Mali villages

    Each night, Koumantou village in southern Mali would to fall into near total darkness. The only light was cast from the restaurant of local businesswoman Kadia Kone.

  • 04 Apr 2011
    UNDP deeply saddened by plane crash deaths in DRC

    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) personnel working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were among those killed in a plane crash in Kinshasa on Monday.