Poverty Reduction

  • Scaling Up Successful Livelihood Pilots - Implementation Pathways

    The report provides a summary of the proceedings of a workshop that was organized by UNDP India to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities for scaling up successful livelihood models.

  • Scoping Paper on Financial Inclusion

    To improve livelihoods, generate employment and alleviate poverty, a new paradigm of financial inclusion which goes beyond access to financial services is required.

  • Social Inclusion of Manual Scavengers

    A compilation of the proceedings of the National Roundtable Discussion that was held to highlight the plight of manual scavengers in India and propose effective strategies for their rehabilitation including alternative livelihoods. The Roundtable was organized by UNDP in partnership with the UN Solution Exchange (Gender Community of Practice).

  • Strategies for Building Livelihoods for the Poorest of the Poor

    The paper examines the design elements for reaching out to the Poorest of the Poor (PoP) in three large State Government led poverty programmes of India – Indira Kranthi Patham, Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP); Tamil Nadu Empowerment and Poverty Reduction Project and Kudumbashree.

  • Strategies for implementation of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)

    This document clearly informs about the possible strategies that can be applied for the implementation of the NRLM. The publication not only incorporates outputs of the discussions on NRLM design but also on NRLM implementation framework. In order to add value to the document, a strategy paper based on the recommendations of the members is also incorporated in the beginning of the document. The strategy paper could be used for developing livelihood strategies and also for the preparation of State Perspective & Implementation Plans (SPIPs) as it provides lot of ideas on livelihood promotion in context of skills development, wage, Job, Self-employment.


UNDP fosters partnerships to enable deprived households to improve skills. This helps people to diversify non-farm activities and increase access to credit, financial services and markets. We also support initiatives that help the poor develop livelihood plans in agriculture, forestry, fisheries, land resource development, rural tourism and handicrafts. Efforts also aim at addressing the challenge of financial inclusion through a range of financial products and services that reduce the vulnerability of the poor.