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From a TB Patient to a Health Worker

Twenty-eight-year-old Muhibullah is a tuberculosis (TB) survivor who has become a health worker after being cured of the illness. He has made it his mission to help other patients, and raise awareness…  


Out and About with UNDP’s Deputy Country Director

During the trip, Napoleon Navarro, UNDP’s Senior Deputy Country Director (programmes) visited several irrigation projects.  


Garden of Earthly Delights: a Better Life for Ishkashim Farmers

It is a sunny autumn day in Ishakashim valley in north-eastern Afghanistan. A 40-year old farmer, Amin, hoes the ground beneath the apple trees in his orchard. After he finishes each tree, he stands…  


Awakening from a Nightmare

Parwana is a young woman living in Mazar-e Sharif of Balkh province. Unfortunately, she became one of millions of women around the world who experience domestic violence.  


Take Me Home, Country Roads: Road Improvement Increases Revenue Collection

Winter in Afghanistan. Snow can lie so deep it is difficult to see where the road is, let alone pass through “The Kottle Deh road was impassable during the winter,” said Mamur Ageel, a resident of…  


High Water Everywhere: Flood Protection in Shade Bara

Two years ago, Usman Noorzai was standing in his village of Shade Bara when he heard a rumbling sound. “We looked up, and saw tremendous flood waters coming down from the mountains. We were fixated…  


Master’s Programme Opens A World of Possibilities

For Attifa Faizy, graduating from Afghanistan's first Master’s programme in Gender Equality and Women's Rights has opened up a world of possibilities.  


Media Pool; Bridging Media on Access to Information

Mohammad Rafi Sediqi, a reporter with Ariana News, remembers how difficult it used to be to file a news report about the work of the Meshrano Jirga (Upper House of the Afghan Parliament).  


A Picture of Progress

Mina Naibkhil is a 21-year old Afghan woman studying art at Kabul University. Her paintings reflect her view of women’s life in Afghanistan, and draw on imagery of a world in which women are bold and…  


“Better Health for a Better Life” Herat Multidrug-Resistant TB Ward Saves Lives

Abdul Majid’s mother was sick for ten years. However, because of limited access to health facilities in their remote village, she was not able to get the treatment she needed for her form of…  


Ayan Beg: Poacher Turned Gamekeeper

Ayan started hunting in the mountains with his father when he was 14 years old. Now 36, he is working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, and his job is to protect animals instead of kill them.  


Malalai: Learning to Save Lives

Malalai Noori, 19, lives in Paktia province in east Afghanistan, a conservative area where many families do not allow their girls to go to school.  


Pilawary Farm: Helping Women Grow out of Poverty

Gul Pari, a 37-year old mother of five, arrived in Kabul eight years ago.  


RUKHSHANA – How an Abused Young Afghan Woman Found Access to Justice

Rukshana (name changed) is a young woman who lives in Herat province, Afghanistan. When she was 12 years old, she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man. She was then forbidden to visit her parents,…  


Toryalai: A Migrant’s Story

On March 12, representatives from UNDP, the Australian Government and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) visited AliceGhan township, located 30 kilometers north of Kabul,…  


Energy Experts of the Future

Hasan Mahdi, 22, in his last year studying at the engineering faculty at the University of Kabul, has just learned some new scientific skills.  


Environment Friendly Farming Improves Gender and Economic Equality for Women

Ghuncha Gul is a woman farmer fondly known as ‘honey’ by her villagers as she keeps bees to make honey. She also manages a greenhouse.  


Windows of Happiness

Nafisa is a 42-year-old woman from Zinda Jan district in Herat, Afghanistan, married, with five daughters and two sons.  


Peace: the Distant, Hopeful Dream of Every Afghan

One Autumn day in 1998, seven-year old Zarghona Darya was doing her homework on the floor of the family house in Bamyan province, when her father rushed in, shouting “Taliban! Taliban!”  


One Village One Product

In March this year, representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), together with officials from the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), and UNDP…  


Bridge over Troubled Water

Sofi Mohammed Alim, a 67-year old man from Yangi Qala district, Takhar Province, has seen a lot. He remembers the time, not long ago, when the bridge across the River Kildish was so dilapidated that…  


UNDP and the Global Fund Provide Malaria Tests and Drugs Where They Are Most Needed

Jalalabad, November 2016 – On a scorching July afternoon several years ago, a farmer rushed into a laboratory in downtown Jalalabad with his two-year-old son, Sabawoon, fainting in his arms. “I’m here…  


UNDP and Australia UPGRADE Alice Ghan IDP Camp (PHOTOBOOK)

August 2016, Kabul – This week, UNDP and the Australian Government kicked off several new projects to improve life and job prospects for the 300 residents of Alice Ghan, a camp for internally…  


UNDP Joins Fight Against Tuberculosis in Afghanistan

Fifty-year-old Musa Khan Panahi wears a smile of hope because he’s reclaiming a life he nearly lost. Meanwhile, Muhammad Rustam, an emaciated bedridden teenager, struggles with his health at a…  


From Refugee to Politician: Afghanistan’s First Female Provincial Council Chair Fights for Rights

Tayeba Khawary is an Afghan, but she was born as a refugee in Iran after her family fled Afghanistan’s violent conflict in the 1980s. Hoping for better times one day, her father worked as a laborer to…  

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