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Making policing count for women in Afghanistan

She was supposed to be an engineer, but Jamila Bayaz was not going to shy away from what she knew was her calling in life. After a year of engineering studies at Kabul University she convinced her family to let her join the police force. That was three decades ago when a career as a policewoman in more

Marine park in Malaysia

Swapping fishing boats for tourist ferries in Malaysia's marine parks

“Working only as a fisherman, I had no steady income to rely on,” explains Mayuzi Sidek. He sits on the jetty that is at the centre of community life on Redang Island, Malaysia, where for generations families have earned their keep through fishing. Since time immemorial, each morning the island’s memore


Flood recovery programme in Fiji targets women and brings results for everyone

Global statistics show that disasters often impoverish and impact disproportionately on the lives of women. In April 2012, after days of torrential rain and combined with the effects of Cyclone Daphne and an overflowing dam, the Western Division of the Fiji Islands was hit by sudden and severe floodmore


Women entrepreneurs in Cambodia embracing green growth

Cooking is essential–and what you cook with, too. In Cambodia, women entrepreneurs are taking up cookstove production, making hundreds of improved cookstoves every month, reducing their wood consumption and increasing their income. 2,400 kilos of wood Across the world, almost 3 billion people preparmore


New steps ease access for more affordable medicines

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs of national governments to secure access for their citizens to affordable medicines. Recent years have seen increases in intellectual property protection and enforcement measumore


Sourcing Solutions through Networking in the Pacific Islands

In the Pacific environment, characterized by multiple regional bodies, donors, and relatively small-size country governments spread across a huge geographic area, the form of interaction provided by the UNDP Solution Exchange network lends itself well to improving development effectiveness.  “.more


Capacity Development for a Safe Land to Use in Lao PDR Villages

15 years ago, villagers used to remove and bury the unexploded cluster bombs they found in their paddy field. Today, they do not need to put their lives at risk merely to grow the rice that will feed their families. Thanks to capacity development efforts, villagers now use a system to report and reqmore


Partnering with the Private Sector for improved Municipal Service Delivery in Thimphu, Bhutan

In 2008 the Thimphu Municipality, the capital of Bhutan, requested the support of UNDP to identify structural solutions for its service delivery constraints, especially in solid waste management. The resulting project focused on improving municipal service delivery through Public–Private Partnershipmore


Pro-Poor Micro Enterprise Development to Go Nationwide in Nepal

Unemployment is high in Nepal and income generating opportunities are particularly scarce for the eighty-three percent of the population who live in rural areas. Poverty and food insecurity have pushed many towards the capital or overseas in search of work so as to provide for their families. Since more


Albay Province Piloting Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change in the Philippines

With the Philippines’ most active volcanoes, exposure to torrential rains and strong typhoons that affect livelihoods and settlements, strong weather changes, and frequent passages of tropical cyclones, Albay Province is facing significant challenges with regard to disaster risk reduction and climatmore