Poverty Reduction

The UNDP Poverty Reduction Cluster supports the process of social inclusion and local economic development through four interlinked approaches: local ownership, capacity development, income and employment generation and social protection. Local problems need local solutions, and the Poverty Reduction Cluster bridges the gap between Government, NGOs, donors, and most importantly local communities to put programs and resources where they are needed most.

Our Goals

UNDP ensures that every approach it takes to poverty reduction is SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Trackable. Setting goals is an integral component to the Poverty Reduction Cluster’s approach. more

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Cutting Poverty

Our work in slums across the country has improved the lives of millions of poor people in urban centres who are deprived of essential services that other citizens enjoy. Photo: GMB Akash / UNDP Bangladesh

Our Stories

  • Shyamola Begum is representative of a broader Bangladeshi reality, where economic empowerment has often led to a greater voice for women in the family and the public sphere. Photo: Kawser Ahmed / UNDP Bangladesh

    Women take the lead in fighting poverty

    Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one room more

  • Shabdi D'Costa is well known in her neighbourhood for her work in helping women emerge from poverty. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

    The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum

    Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s meager Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she took a principled more

  • Through an automated application process, qualified young men and women are being better matched to appropriate jobs as migrant workers. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    Migrant workers get a ticket to a better life

    Ashikur Rahman (36) dreamed of going to abroad to work, but that dream ended badly when just over 4 years ago, he along with a friend more

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  • Children in the hill districts are now learning the basics in their mother tongues, pushing attendance rates up. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    Multi-lingual schools get attendance up in the hill districts

    Going to school was never a real possibility for the children in the village of Alutila, a remote hamlet that houses a smattering of villages in more

Projects and Initiatives

Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction

Working in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh and UN Habitat, UNDP believes that these communities are best placed to identify their main priorities. more

National Social Protection Strategy

At the Dhaka Social Protection Conference in late 2011, the Government of Bangladesh announced the preparation of a National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). more

Support to Inclusive and Sustainable Planning

The objective of SISP is to strengthen policy and technical capacity within key Government agencies in Bangladesh. The project has a definitive focus on inclusive, pro-poor economic policy, and aims to build Government capacity for sustainable environmental planning to secure a balanced and equitable future. more

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Featured Publications
Social Safety Nets in Bangladesh Volume 2

Recent years have seen a perceptible increase in interest in social safety nets within developing countries. Although many critics have questioned social safety-nets as something politically expedient, stigmatizing and highly inadequate to prime concerns of the poor, the necessity of such nets was never really discarded in practice.

Social Safety Nets in Bangladesh V1

Social Safety Nets (SSNs) have emerged as an essential component in the fight
against poverty. Initially focused only on protection goals, they are now
increasingly combining promotional goals.

BANGLADESH’S URBAN FUTURE- making cities and towns work for all
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