Poverty Reduction

  • Synthesis of Important Discussions on Employment, Governance and Microfinance Issues under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

    This publication incorporates all the knowledge products on MGNREGA including innovative mechanisms for payment of wages. In all, 12 consolidated replies are included in the document. The document is very useful for all those working directly or indirectly on MGNREGA as it covers various subthemes like women in NREGP works, Taking NREGA beyond wages to sustainable livelihoods, integrating sustainable agriculture and asset building within NREGA, NREGA operational Guidelines, Redressal mechanism in NREGA, ICT for NREGP implementation and innovative ways for wage payment under MGNREGA.

  • Synthesis of Important Discussions on Livelihood and MF issues related to Domestic Workers

    This publication focuses on the issues related to domestic workers such as financial inclusion of urban poor , issues related to identity proof for opening accounts in the banks, best practices for domestic workers, ensuring well-being of the domestic workers through skill development, engaging placement agencies for the domestic workers and protection of rights and promotion of decent work for domestic workers. In context of financial inclusion the discussion on identification covers issues like RBI Guidelines for no frill accounts and the problems faced by the domestic workers in providing identification proof, processes that can be adopted to engage banks to be proactive and cooperative and Innovative mechanisms for creating awareness about the rights of domestic workers to banking services.

  • Synthesis of Important Discussions on Microfinance and Livelihood Support to Small and Marginal Farmers

    This publication incorporates all the discussions on marginal and small farmers such as micro financing for agricultural value chains, Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojna, MF for small farmers through exclusive agriculture credit cooperatives and JLGs, Livestock insurance and MF for minor irrigation and community based water management systems. The discussions covered various subthemes like various financial schemes available for small and marginal farmers, changes required in MKSP, financial schemes for agriculture and allied activities. The discussion on an innovative subject of Livestock insurance provides information about some innovative livestock insurance experiments.

  • Synthesis of Important Discussions on Value Chain Financing and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

    This is a special publication wherein the outputs of the discussions (Consolidated Replies) related to financing value chains and MSME sector are incorporated in the logical sequence. Four knowledge products covering thematic area of financing agriculture value chains, Micro Enterprises, SMEs as well as microenterprise development are included in the document. A technical paper based on the outputs of all the discussions on the subject of Financing Value chains and MSME is also placed in the beginning of the document. This paper provides a good strategy for microenterprise development and financing for MSME sector.

  • Terminal Evaluation of Information and Communication Technology for Development Project

    The document evaluates a range of projects under the Information and Communication Technology for Development Programme on the basis of their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, and provides recommendations on ICT as instruments of poverty reduction.


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.