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If You Can’t Beat it, Adapt to it

In Bara, a locality in North Kordofan that encompasses 90 tiny villages, the greenery can be deceptive. The flat desert sprawls for miles around, dotted with tiny villages where the only colors to be seen are the bright clothes of women coming back from their weekly trip to the central market of Bara town.

A group of women is all smiles as they go through their record books and count the revenue gained from their community’s horticultural gardens and livestock production. These activities have offered them major opportunities to promote food security and improve their livelihoods, a big contrast from the past, when women had less economic value.

“We succeeded. Women are keener than men on community-related matters. Managing horticultural gardens is mostly done by women as men and youth are engaged in the gold mining rush currently flaring up in a number of places in North Kordofan and elsewhere in the country.” Says Igbal Bakri, a 49-year old mother of three children and head of the women’s village committee.

In the past few years, communities have been suffering from the effects of climate change, resulting in increased heat, dune encroachment, water scarcity, and diminishing crop yields and livestock production year after year. ...

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“A Real Future for my Project” - DDR in 2012

In a dusty side road in the big city of Omdurman, “Mama” Aisha Juma has carved out her niche. What started as a small childcare centre for neighborhood youths a few years after her demobilization has blossomed into something much more. After years of providing support services to the war effort, Aisha decided to use the small business support from the DDR Programme to refurbish her small centre.
Kadugli Calling:
Ongoing Efforts Show Real Results in War-Torn South Kordofan State

January 30, 2013– Last week, UNDP DDR staff along with counterparts from the Sudan DDR Commission (SDDRC) traveled to South Kordofan State to monitor and evaluate ongoing project activities in the conflict-ridden state. Visiting a newly constructed centre for the disabled as well as civic education classes in Dilling and Kadugli, the team got a firsthand view of the work on the ground.
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