UNDP’s Home of Somali Poetry initiative gives a new platform to women writers and celebrates their work in an annual award

Hawa Jama Abdi, Somali poet and one of the judges for the 2021 Hoygamaansada Somali Poetry Awards run by UNDP’s Home of Somali Poetry initiative.

There have always been Somali women poets writing and performing in different styles, expressing their views on everything from political representation to war, revolution and inequality. …

Developing country voices at COP will help call for limiting global warming to “well below” 2 degrees and providing US$100 billion per year for poorer nations to deal with climate change

2/3 of Somalis rely on the land to make a living, but climate change threatens rangelands, farms and traditional ways of life.

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP 26, is a pivotal moment in the world’s efforts to…

Funding from the Government of Japan provides US$10,000 grants and training to 5 small businesses run by internally displaced people, many of whom have been forced to move by climate change

COVID-19 devastated the livestock trade by restricting exports, but now the market is recovering and crowds have returned to trading areas like this one in Hargeisa.

For Farduus, life was hard enough even before COVID-19 arrived in Somalia in March 2020. Years before, she had…

Funding from the Government of Japan allowed UNDP to deliver PPE and other supplies to prisons and to advocate for the release of low-risk prisoners

Gardo prison in Puntland was ill-prepared for an outbreak of an infectious disease, with overcrowded cells and limited sanitation facilities.

When COVID struck Somalia in March 2020, some of the most vulnerable people were literally unable to avoid it: the country’s prisoner population.

“The worst…

The Home of Somali Poetry aims to find out — and promote Somali culture in the process

Spend more than a day or so in Somalia and someone will mention poetry — whether it’s song cycles exchanged between different clans over hundreds of years, anti-colonial verse of the 20th century…

Captain Fatima Abdulkadir talks about her journey through the ranks and her vision for policing in Somalia

Captain Fatima brings years of training, including a 4-year legal degree, to her job as police captain and policy advisor in Garowe, Puntland.

She heard it first on the radio on the way to school: the government was setting up a new police force and Puntland’s Armo Police Academy, just opened with funding from UNDP, was…

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