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Success Story: Malaria Control in Afghanistan
May 15, 2017
Malaria has always been a problem in Afghanistan, especially in the eastern and southeastern provinces. But today, due to successful malaria control programmes, incidents of the disease are at their lowest for 15 years.
Gender Master Progamme: A place for gender specialists that their ideas inspire the rest of society
May 9, 2017
LE MONDE runs a story on Afghanistan first Master Programme in Gender and Women Studies. The article is written in French, read the whole article here: https://goo.gl/4BGZ3M
UNDP Heads for Asia-Pacific and Afghanistan Discuss Belt and Road Initiative on CGTN
May 3, 2017
In the fall of 2013, China introduced the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to connect countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe to promote more effective economic cooperation, which could benefit nearly four billion people in emerging economies in these regions.
Youth Symposium Opens up a National Dialog on the Sustainable Development Goals
Apr 30, 2017
Over 400 young men and women from around the country gathered at a symposium in Kabul last week and proposed some creative ideas on how Afghanistan can achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Youth Thinkers Society organized the event in collaboration with UNDP Afghanistan and the Ministry of Economy.
Obstacle Lifted: Graduates of Police Academy to Pursue Higher Education
Apr 10, 2017
Afghanistan National Police Academy gained the status of a university. The Ministry of Interior has been running the academy for over 50 years, but its graduates couldn’t get their degrees attested. Now, the Afghan Higher Education Ministry, an official body to accredit educational degrees, has agreed to recognize all the academy’s four- year courses as bachelor degrees, after the academy fulfilled the higher education requirements for degree programmes.
Treatment for Drug Resistant Tuberculosis to Boost in Afghanistan
Mar 27, 2017
Tuberculosis is one of the major public health issues in Afghanistan. If TB is misdiagnosed and treated irregularly with antibiotics, it develops into multidrug resistant tuberculosis. This is a severe type of the disease that is highly contagious and poses a serious public health risk. Currently, there is only one hospital in Kabul that can treat this type of TB.
UNDP and Khurshid TV Tap into a Game Show to Mark Women’s Day
Mar 22, 2017
Khurshid, a leading Afghan entertainment TV channel, dedicated its famous Haft Ganj game show to marking Women’s Day. On the show, two young women were chosen to answer questions about prominent Afghan women figures, achievements women have had in the past 15 years and challenges they currently face in different walks of life.
Battles Lost and Won
Mar 19, 2017
Hung on the walls of Bhost restaurant in Kabul are portraits of 13 first ladies of Afghanistan. Right on top is the iconic picture of Queen Soraya in a sleeveless gown, wife of reformist King Amanullah, who was a vocal opponent of polygamy and veiling, and had started the country’s first school for girls in the 1920s. Below is a recent picture of Rula Ghani, wife of President Ashraf Ghani, an advocate for women’s rights in present-day Afghanistan. Since no one knows what she looks like, the wife of Mulla Omar, Taliban founder and the self-proclaimed emir between 1996 and 2001, is represented with the ubiquitous symbol of the regime’s oppression: the woman in a blue shuttlecock burqa.
Can You Dig It? UNDP Talks Mining and Human Development in Afghanistan
Jan 25, 2017
This year, UNDP’s Afghanistan Human Development Report focusses on how to make sure all Afghans benefit from the estimated US$1 trillion or more of mineral wealth lying underground. With declines likely in foreign aid over the coming years, the huge potential of the extractive industry is more important than ever. But investment is held back by instability, conflict, corruption, terrorism and lack of capacity.
Human Rights Day 2016
Dec 11, 2016
Masooma Hasani would be pelted with rocks whenever she went skiing, a sport considered unbecoming for girls in conservative Afghan society, but an unlikely ally helped change local attitudes: mullahs advocating women's rights. Skidding down the snow-blanketed slopes of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, 18-year-old Hasani for years suffered hostility and abuse from passing men unaccustomed to unveiled women dressed in figure-hugging ski suits.