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  • 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.

  • Former Fighter Opts for Peace: How UNDP Helps Start New Lives in Safer CommunitiesFormer Fighter Opts for Peace: How UNDP Helps Start New Lives in Safer Communities“I loved my gun; it gave me dignity. But it was used for the wrong purpose, so I handed it over to be used for good,” says former Taliban fighter, 43-year-old Dawood Jan Nangyaly. Mulah Dawood, as he is also known, was a deputy commander leading some 60 insurgents against national and international forces in Zabul Province’s Nawbahar District.

  • Improving Accountability Through Access to InformationImproving Accountability Through Access to InformationWhile doing a story on maternal health in Afghanistan, journalist Mary Nabardaeen wanted to know how many women had died in childbirth at a certain hospital. Officials refused to reveal the number, saying that doing so was prohibited by the minister of public health. It was a response that the head of the Bakhter News Agency had become familiar with in her twenty years as a journalist. It was just another example of the challenges she has faced in attempting to get information from the government.

  • Ministry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA AgreementMinistry of Interior Affairs and UNDP Sign New LOTFA AgreementFahima*, pregnant, was forced by her husband to crawl on all fours with the family’s dogs. It was just one of the ways she was abused during her one year marriage. He also beat her with sticks, yelled obscenities at her and poured boiling water on her hands.

  • Government Turns to Merit-Based RecruitmentGovernment Turns to Merit-Based RecruitmentSayra Shakib Sadat was a young female school student from an illiterate family, living in an isolated village in northern Afghanistan, when fighting broke out among political leaders and the mujahidin in the early 1980s.

  • Portrait of a Young Man as a Civic EducatorPortrait of a Young Man as a Civic EducatorMazar-e-Sharif: A class of 130 female students at the Mawlana Institute of Health Sciences in downtown Mazar, listen in rapt attention as Abdullah Ahmadi (name changed), 25, a civic educator and his team explains the finer details of the on-going voter registration process to the young students: the essential documentation that they need to bring to the registration centre to establish their legal date of birth and their identification.

  • Afghan Police Recruit Women to Fight Crime and StigmaAfghan Police Recruit Women to Fight Crime and StigmaIt was four years ago that Captain Zohra Daulatzia joined the Afghan National Police. But the mother of two girls still gets excited about that momentous day in her life when she achieved one of her life’s greatest ambitions.

  • After half a life of working in UNDP, Farida has seen a lot, learned a lot and helped a lot of peopleAfter half a life of working in UNDP, Farida has seen a lot, learned a lot and helped a lot of people24 February 2016, Kabul — Farida Alam is UNDP Afghanistan’s longest-serving member of staff. She’s been with us for 25 years – a period in which Afghanistan and UNDP have seen astonishing changes.

  • Getting out of a Pickle – Business Training Helps Women Succeed in the MarketGetting out of a Pickle – Business Training Helps Women Succeed in the Market08 February 2016, Nangarhar - Small businesses in Afghanistan often find it difficult to find customers and lack the management and marketing skills needed to compete with foreign imports.

  • 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.

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