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2014-2015 Annual Report for Japan funded Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding
31 March 2016

The 2014-2015 annual report on the Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding through Volunteer Assignments is now available. The report details the experience and contributions of the 16 Japanese nationals deployed during 2014 and 2015 as United Nations Volunteers under the HRD Program which is a joint partnership among the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center and UNV, funded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Read

Countries:  Japan
Advancing Human Rights in South Sudan
17 March 2016
UN Volunteer Francesca Tronco (left) is chatting to women from Aduel, Rumbek East, after conducting interviews towards a peace process between rival communities in the area. (UNMISS, 2015)
Rumbek, South Sudan: Serving as a UN Volunteer in South Sudan has made me more humble. It has made me aware of the many challenges people are facing around the world. This work has also empowered me. If I have been able to survive here for more than two years, and be happy, I think I can survive anywhere. Read
More about: Gender  Human rights
Countries:  South Sudan
Ensuring reintegration of female combatants
04 March 2016
Tobey Berriault, UN volunteer from Canada, served as DDR Officer in Côte d’Ivoire from November 2014 to September 2015. Here she is dancing with beneficiaries of a reinsertion project that focuses on the transformation of cassava in the Bangolo area, west of the country. (UNV, 2015)
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: In 2014 I was recruited to serve as a UN Volunteer with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) section of UNOCI, which was an academic dream come true and a great professional experience.

One of our main efforts has been to showcase and track the involvement of female beneficiaries in our reinsertion projects. The projects are particularly interesting because the benefits have the potential to extend beyond the livelihoods of the ex-combatants and into those of the communities themselves.  Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire
Running free
16 February 2016
Fifty women take part in the inaugural Bentiu community fun run. (UNV, 2015)
Bentiu, South Sudan: Sport can be used as a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. It can be used as an instrument to rebuild trust in communities that have been torn apart by conflict. Read
More about: Culture & sports
Countries:  South Sudan
Reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS in conflict settings
01 December 2015
Kebba Jome, from the Gambia, is a UN Volunteer HIV and AIDS Trainer with UNAMID, where he works to fight HIV and AIDS as Team Leader in North Darfur. (UNV, 2015)
Darfur, Sudan: As a UNV HIV and AIDS Trainer with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for the North Darfur Region from February 2013 to 31 March 2015, I contributed to increasing the awareness of the general population and the IDPs in various locations within the region.    Read
More about: HIV/AIDS  Health
Countries:  Sudan

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