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In Masisi Territory, in North Kivu Province, the verdant hills stretch as far as the eye can see. It is an agricultural region, known for its cattle-rearing, and for its cheeses, exported throughout the DRC. It is also an isolated area with little in the way of basic infrastructure to improve everyday life for its inhabitants.
After more than a decade of conflict in which rape has been used as a weapon, sexual violence is sadly a fact of life for both women and men in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Congolese men and women are working courageously to eradicate this scourge. Here are some of their stories.
The President of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed the appointment of Achim Steiner as the Organization’s new Administrator.
Mr Steiner’s nomination for UNDP Administrator was forwarded by Secretary-General António Guterres to the General Assembly, which today confirmed him as the Administrator of UNDP for a term of four years.
Helen Clark today completes her time as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where she has spearheaded significant development and institutional reforms and been a highly visible communicator since assuming the position of UNDP Administrator and Chair of the UN Development Group in 2009.
On Thursday 23 March 2017, His Excellency Mr Hiroshi Karube, Japan’s Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, took part in a joint review by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan, as well as the presentation of 900 Panasonic solar lantern kits, a gift from the Japanese company to the Democratic Republic of Congo through the UNDP.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous women are joining forces to regenerate the forest and protect their livelihoods.
The project follows the 3x6 Approach, a specific methodology created by UNDP to improve social cohesion and stimulate economic recovery in regions that have been affected by crises. The 3x6 Approach is implemented by UNDP and its partners in several regions of DRC. At Idjwi, after finishing the on-site work, the beneficiaries will be supported in the second phase to create their own income-generating activities.
A quarter-century of impressive human development progress continues to leave many people behind, with systemic, often unmeasured, barriers to catching up. A stronger focus on those excluded and on actions to dismantle these barriers is urgently needed to ensure sustainable human development for all.