Fund Links Women to Skills and Income Opportunities

Port Sudan, Red See State, 14 August 2011 - The women of the Diem Arab Centre in downtown Port Sudan have traditionally suffered from absence of viable economic options and welcome income-generating opportunities to earn money for their families. The members greatly appreciated the eight bakery ovens and eight sewing machines received from UNDP in late 2010 that have provided a new lease on life to the women’s centre. “Though the centre was functioning years before” Amna, the centre head explained, “our machines fell into disrepair and we had little left to keep activities going. The new equipment has reactivated the working groups and there are more than 30 families engaged in making biscuits and baked goods that they sell at neighborhood shops”.

UNDP provided support through the Local Development Fund (LDF) of its Poverty Alleviation-Oriented Governance Programme. The programme aims to strengthen the capacity of localities to deliver services and thereby reduce poverty. Financial support was allocated to the Local Development Fund (LDF) through which staff members of the locality Planning and Information Units (PIUs) received training in budgeting and project management. Following this the PIUs were provided a budget to identify and support projects benefitting vulnerable groups in their locality. Income-generating activities at two women’s centers and support to a local health unit were among the projects selected. .
UNDP Supports Value Chain Development in Sudan

Khartoum 28 July, 2011 – In the framework of supporting microfinance sectors in Sudan and enhancing capacity building mechanisms of national and sub-national levels for value chain development in Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Microfinance Unit (MFU) at the Central Bank of Sudan organized a five day workshop on July 24th on “Training on Inclusive Market Development with a Focus on Value Chains and Access to Finance.”
Sounding Good: Musical Performances in Darfur Make the Difference

EL Fasher, Darfur, 6 July 2011 - They’ve launched and produced newspapers, radios programmes in local unwritten languages, street theatre performances, and have entertained and informed thousands of children in IDP camps with their puppet shows. Now, on 7th July, 2011, Afia Sudan is returning to Darfur, this time in El Fasher, to organize extensive community outreach activities.
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