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Building Confidence and Breaking Down Violence

Posted by Noelle Wright

Awareness and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is crucial in Jordan, where refugees make up over 10 percent of the population. Of particular concern is early marriage, the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against SGBV, an international humanitarian campaign supported by IRD and other organizations. Refugee communities struggle with a lack o... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Victim Assistance, Refugees, Women & Gender, Youth, Africa, Somalia, Sudan, Middle East & North Africa, Iraq, Jordan

Increasing Income Through Collective Cashew Sales

Posted by IRD HQ

At the end of a bumpy dirt road in Diambaty in a rural district of southern Senegal is one of the country’s most isolated cashew growing areas. Farmers started planting cashew here in Diambaty more than 20 years ago, but more for a wind break system than as a crop. Over time, while they realized cashew had economic potential, they didn’t have a reliable place... more

Filed Under: Food & Agriculture, Economic Growth, Partnerships, Value Chains, Africa, Senegal

Young Leaders Promote Political Tolerance in Northern Burkina Faso

Posted by Natasa Ruka

Aribinda is a small town located in the remote Sahel region of Burkina Faso, almost 200 miles from the country’s capital. In recent times, the town has experienced intense political tensions, linked to disputes within the traditional chiefdom. This has created such potent divisions that even traditionally strong family ties are being affected as people refuse... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Education, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Burkinabe Youth promote Religious Tolerance

Posted by Natasa Ruka

IRD’s Peace through Development project (PDevII) supports youth mobilization and engagement in local peace and development. In Burkina Faso, PDevII strengthens youth capacity to play leadership roles within their communities, enabling them to launch initiatives to reinforce social cohesion and enhance community resilience to violence. Djibo, in the northeas... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Community Transitions, Civ/Mil, Education, Jobs, Value Chains, Youth, Africa, Burkina Faso

Sustaining Swazi Rural Water Supply Services

Posted by Noelle Wright

IRD Swaziland Country Director Yemane Abraham signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Swaziland and private sector partners June 4 that will help make sure that recently upgraded water hand pumps will be maintained through a robust public-private partnership. Because of the high number of nonfunctional water hand pumps in rural Swaziland,... more

Filed Under: Water, Africa, Swaziland