In the past, farmers just weren’t aware of the dangers of dumping biodegradable waste and over-using fertilizers and pesticides. They dumped thousands of tons of apples into Lake Prespa without knowing it would cause serious environmental damage.
For the past two years, A UN joint programme has been helping to sustain livelihoods affected by the Aral Sea disaster. The initiative, carried out by UNDP with other UN agencies and government partners, promotes alternative sources of income in the Karakalpakstan region.
Sidrit and other young people in Albania face great employment challenges. According to the ILO over 40 percent of Albania’s youth are unemployed. Young employees are also more exposed to the informal economy than adults. In 2009, 46 percent of all young male employees were informal workers.
Why work alone when you can get more benefits by joining the others? The Mikeladze blueberry plot is one of the first attempts in Ajara to set up an agricultural cooperative. With assistance from ENPARD, local farmers are weighing the risks and benefits of joining. Agricultural cooperatives are a common practice worldwide.
Initiative financed by the European Union strengthens the cooperation between civil society organizations and local authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to respond to the local needs such as women's unemployment.
A joint EU-UNDP Women in Local Democracy project, supports women candidates to prepare for local elections. Out of the 124 candidates that participated in the project pre-election training events, 81 were elected to local self-government bodies.
Attracting and retaining women in the Armed Forces have traditionally been major challenges. The Western Balkans are no different. Women only make up between 5.5 and 9 percent of the armed forces and are rarely represented in top ranks, particularly in command and management positions.
The ‘Dobri medo’ association is just one of the more than 70 civil society organizations currently supported by UNDP through its Local Democracy Reinforcement project (LOD), with funding from the European Union. The focus of the project is to ensure social integration and assistance to vulnerable members of society in 15 municipalities and cities across Bosnia and Herzegovina. This project has enrolled 125 unemployed women have in classes taught by a team of expert psychologists, teachers, and pediatricians.
In the lead up to The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, set for Sendai, Japan in March, UNDP is reflecting on a decade of support to help countries achieve the goals of the Hyogo Framework for Action.
Ms. Selvete Ilazi is a farmer in Shtërpcë/Štrpce, a municipality of Albanian and Serbian communities in a mountainous region of Kosovo favourable to livestock breeding. Since the conflict in 1999, she has been a single mother of three children.
For the first time in its history, all polling stations in Moldova and abroad were equipped with standardized electoral equipment – ballot boxes and voting booths, including for people with special needs.
Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s. And now 20 years after UNDP's first intervention in the region, hope begins to blossom despite impacts from climate change.