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  • 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.

  • 31 Mar 2011
    Liberia: 1.7 million sign up to vote with UNDP support

    Monrovia - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is among national and international agencies that laid the groundwork for the 1.7 million Liberians, almost half of them women, who last month completed registration to vote in upcoming elections.

  • 25 Mar 2011
    Liberia: Ivorian refugee needs outstrip aid

    Monrovia -- With a sharp increase in the number of Ivorian refugees crossing into Liberia during recent weeks following Cote d’Ivoire’s political crisis which began in November last year, United Nations agencies have pointed to the increasing need for emergency shelter.

  • 25 Mar 2011
    UNDP helps boost Brazil-Africa partnerships

    Brasilia/Rio de Janeiro - Brazil’s experience in lifting millions of people out of poverty and in spurring agricultural and energy innovations is crucial to promoting development in Africa, according to regional directors of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 21 Mar 2011
    Rain Water Harvesting Improves Lives of Small Farmers

    "If there's a bad year, we can stay up to 20 days without rain. The young crops die, that's the problem over here", says Rabiet E. Mkumbwa, 60, in front of his home in from Mwembe village in Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro region.

  • 01 Mar 2011
    Benin: Empowering women to protect the coastal lagoon

    Benin - Until three years ago, Kindozandji Adovè, a mother of three daughters, had to decide which of her girls she would send to school, as her income from selling oysters was not enough to pay school fees for all of them.

  • 07 Feb 2011
    Southern Sudanese vote for independence

    The people of Southern Sudan have voted overwhelmingly to secede and form their own country.

  • 02 Feb 2011
    Kenya: Wetlands conservation project raises living standards

    Nairobi – In one of Kenya’s most polluted river basins, a conservation and livelihood improvement project coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has helped raise health and living standards of local communities.

  • 28 Jan 2011
    UNDP supports Niger elections

    Niamey - Niger went to the polls on 31 January to choose a new president and parliament, completing a process of transition from military to civilian rule initiated in February 2010.

  • 26 Jan 2011
    Burkina Faso: women help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS

    Burkina Faso - 27-year old Assiétou was pregnant with her third child when she discovered that she was HIV positive.

  • 21 Jan 2011
    Early Sudan returns heavily for secession; government prepares to lead

    Juba – Nearly 99 percent of South Sudanese have voted for secession in a closely-watched referendum, according to provisional returns released Friday, 21 January.

  • 11 Jan 2011
    Education key as voters flood polls in Sudan

    Juba – Voters in Southern Sudan flooded polling stations this week to decide whether the south of the country becomes independent from the north.

  • 06 Jan 2011
    Panel arrives to monitor voting in Southern Sudan referendum

    Khartoum - Members of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Panel tasked with monitoring the upcoming referenda on self-determination in Sudan have arrived in Khartoum to begin a critical visit on the eve of voting in the referendum on the future of Southern Sudan.

  • 21 Dec 2010
    Ghana peace architecture to get boost from lawmakers

    Accra - Lawmakers in Ghana are this month due to consider backing an independent peace-building body that has helped to solve disputes between some of the country’s many distinct ethnic and tribal groups and that could be replicated in other countries.