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Over fifty years of armed conflict in Colombia cost hundreds of thousands of people their lives and left millions displaced. In this four-part series, we explore the stories of people who are talking part in a Government project to improve their homes and start rebuilding their lives.
Ethiopia is one of the countries hardest hit by the strongest El Niño event in history. The natural hazards that followed have left more than 5 million people in need of life-saving emergency assistance.
Described by many in the international community as an environmental disaster, Indonesia's forest and peat fires affect the health, education and livelihoods of millions of people in the region.
Take a journey with a 13-year-old Colombian girl to learn how a UNOPS-supported housing project is changing lives.
The Nilwella harbour sits along the southern coast of Sri Lanka. More than 2,000 families make their living here from fishing activities.
Agriculture offers great opportunities to drive development and raise living standards for millions of people in rural Myanmar.
Dagon Seikkan Township sits in the eastern part of Yangon. Between the trees and along the coast, more than 165,000 people built a life in this industrial town. Young Hlaing Hlaing Htet lives here.
Without water there would be no life – it’s a necessity for all living things, from the smallest of plants to the largest of animals. For some people, getting enough water to survive is still a daily struggle.
The vast majority of Colombia’s poor live in rural areas. Forty-five percent of the population live under the national poverty line, surviving on less than $1.25 per day.
Colombia is at a crossroads. Over five decades of conflict have left around 220,000 dead. Millions of people have been displaced. But a peace deal between the Government and FARC guerillas aims to open a new chapter in the nation’s history. Fifty years of armed conflict appear to be ending.
Poaching, bush fires and illegal logging have long threatened large parts of Guinea’s forests, but an unlikely group of men and women have stepped up to protect the country’s rich natural resources.