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  • Taxi Driver Beats Unfair Murder Rap - in just One MonthTaxi Driver Beats Unfair Murder Rap - in just One MonthMazar-e-Sharif, 3 February 2016 – Sayed Hakim, a 27-year old taxi driver and father of four, worked hard every day, but he was happy with his life. Little did he know that everything he enjoyed could disappear in a flash.

  • A Seller’s Market - UNDP Helps Street Vendors in KabulA Seller’s Market - UNDP Helps Street Vendors in KabulEvery day in Kabul, around 700,000 street vendors rise with the sun and rush into the city to earn a living. Managing this huge influx of people is a major challenge for Kabul municipality and the police. They don’t want blocked roads and traffic chaos, but the vendors also need to earn a living.

  • Women Entrepreneurs from Herat Link with Kabul-Area MarketsWomen Entrepreneurs from Herat Link with Kabul-Area MarketsWomen from across the western province of Herat are engaged in a number of entrepreneurship activities that include making handicrafts and jewelry, growing saffron and processing dry fruit such as pistachio and almond. Women entrepreneurs from Herat City, and Gozara, Injil, Karukh, Koshan and Zindajan districts of Herat province are particularly active in running and expanding their small-scale businesses.

  • A Home-Based Embroidery Business Witnesses Twofold Increase in ProfitA Home-Based Embroidery Business Witnesses Twofold Increase in ProfitAzima Safi, 50, runs a small embroidery business in Jalalabad. She learned sewing handicrafts when she lived with her family as a refugee in Peshawar, Pakistan during the 90s. As the oldest kid in the family, she had to quit school at grade five and work for someone else making handicrafts at a low daily wage, which she spent on her siblings’ schooling. Upon returning to Afghanistan in 1998, she started up a home-based embroidery business of her own in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province.

  • Jewelry Making Brings Hope to Impoverished Women in HeratJewelry Making Brings Hope to Impoverished Women in HeratA UNDP programme trains women in jewelry making so that they can provide their families with incomes and escape abusive situations Every day Sediqa, 26, walks for two hours to get to her jewelry making class. “I save my transportation allowance to buy food for my children,” she says.

  • Afghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace AwardAfghan parliamentarian Masouda Karokhi Receives the 2013 N-Peace AwardAn Afghan women’s rights activist, Masouda Karokhi, has received in Kabul the 2013 N-Peace Award, an initiative supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • Women Members of the High Peace Council Present to UNDP a 250,000-Signature Petition Calling for Peace Women Members of the High Peace Council Present to UNDP a 250,000-Signature Petition Calling for PeaceThe women’s committee of the High Peace Council (HPC), an Afghan body involved in the country’s peace efforts, has submitted today a petition – containing the signatures of more than 250,000 Afghan women and girls calling for peace – to the Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan for onward transmission to the UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

  • Religious Inter-school Competition Inspires Young LeadersReligious Inter-school Competition Inspires Young LeadersKabul, Afghanistan: “I want to be the President of Afghanistan.” This is Zhania’s response when asked about her ambitions. Zhania Zainab is the top scorer among the students of her school and for the last three years has attended a madrassa (religious school).

  • Afghanistan’s First Female District Police Chief: Colonel Jamila BayazAfghanistan’s First Female District Police Chief: Colonel Jamila BayazShe was supposed to be an engineer. But Jamila Bayaz lasted a year studying engineering at Kabul University before finally convincing her family to let her join the police force.

  • Herat Women Get Legal Help to Fight Desertion and Domestic ViolenceHerat Women Get Legal Help to Fight Desertion and Domestic ViolenceHerat, November 2011: Fatima (name changed), resident of Injil on the outskirts of Herat city in western Afghanistan, was married to her first cousin Sultan, at age 15. Unable to cope with the daily physical violence of her husband who also forbade her from attending school, and daily arguments with her mother-in-law, she ran away to her parent’s home. It has been seven months since Fatima left her husband’s home and her condition is exacerbated by the fact she is in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

Results in Focus
UNDP Afghanistan 2013 Annual Report

During 2013, UNDP Afghanistan remained committed to maintaining a close working relationship with Afghanistan’s government and people. It reorganised its work around the areas of inclusive and legitimate politics; sub-national governance and development; rule of law; and the cross-cutting areas of gender, capacity development, and poverty and the environment. In this context, projects were implemented and results achieved in the areas of peacebuilding, rule of law, democratic governance, poverty reduction and livelihoods, and managing resources for sustainability and resilience. For more information, please download the full report. English PDF 

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