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  • Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Rakiraki women vendors model show need for scaling-up women’s economic empowerment Mar 5, 2015It’s a Thursday morning in the small bustling rural town of Rakiraki and Varanisese Maisamoa is waiting for a bus with two ice boxes to take her to Naivuvuni, a landing where a boat she owns docks at, to collect fish caught during the week.

  • Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global Fund Two Multi-Country Programmes Leverage Resources and Partnerships to Reduce Stigma in Health Care Settings in Asia with Support from the Global Fund Dec 19, 2014The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is leveraging its role under two multi-country programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to develop and roll out an innovative training package to reduce stigma and discrimination at health care settings and enhance HIV, STI and other sexual health services for men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people in Asia.

  • New steps ease access for more affordable medicinesNew steps ease access for more affordable medicinesDec 18, 2014The 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.

  • As Typhoon Ruby makes landfall, a year since Haiyan has made a world of differenceAs Typhoon Ruby makes landfall, a year since Haiyan has made a world of differenceDec 10, 2014Our objective even before Yolanda and now Ruby has been to support national and local governments in vulnerable regions develop stronger protection systems so that they can, together with communities, take responsibility for protecting peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and to reduce the damage from disasters.

  • The path to peace in Bangsamoro The path to peace in Bangsamoro Jul 16, 2014In early 2014, following 17 years of stop-start negotiations and 150,000 deaths over four decades, the government of the Philippines and the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a historic peace agreement recognizing the new autonomous Bangsamoro region. For Teresita Quintos Deles, whose life’s work has centred on these peace efforts, it signified the start of a new era for her country.

  • The Maldives | Rainwater harvesting innovation could become model for other island nationsThe Maldives | Rainwater harvesting innovation could become model for other island nationsJul 3, 2014The government of the Maldives, with UNDP's support, is piloting a new water management system on three islands that suffer water shortages.

  • In Nepal, a simple solution brings light to rural communitiesIn Nepal, a simple solution brings light to rural communitiesJun 24, 2014Access to electricity has really changed our lives,” says Kunja Maya Tamang, 40, who lives in Nepal. “We don’t have to depend on daylight to finish our household chores. My kids can study even in the night. Our income has also increased with improved crop yields.”

  • Marshall Islands | Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level riseMarshall Islands | Protecting drinking water from drought and sea level riseJun 5, 2014In 2013, the Marshall Islands suffered an extreme drought that threatened drinking water and crops. 20 per cent of the population was affected. With support from UNDP, the government has improved rainwater collection in the capital city of Majuro and installed solar-powered water purifiers in more remote areas. The reservoir project has increased Majuro’s freshwater stores, which can now last the city 3-4 months in an emergency.

  • A sea change in conserving Malaysia's marine parks A sea change in conserving Malaysia's marine parks Apr 23, 2014How Malaysia's idyllic marine parks are once again thriving through eco-tourism and stronger enforcement and awareness on environmental issues.

  • Afghan youth vote in historic electionsAfghan youth vote in historic electionsApr 15, 2014Despite rain and security challenges in many parts of the country, Afghans went to the polls on 5th April in Presidential and Provincial Council elections. The election marks the first time in Afghanistan’s history that power is handed from one democratically elected government to another.