Poverty Reduction

  • Leveraging Change for Better Lives: UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

    Asia and the Pacific’s unparalleled economic performance overall in the past decade has resulted in dramatically decreased levels in poverty. Already, the region has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015. Eight countries of the region have moved from low-income to middle-income between 2000 and 2011. Looking back over the last five years, to when UNDP embarked on its Strategic Plan 2008-2012, it is clear that the region has continued to progress on human development (Figure 2A and B). In fact, in the last decade the annual growth in human development has been higher for Asia-Pacific than any other region worldwide, according to the Human Development Report 2013. Similarly, as a sign of the region’s growing maturity and resilience on the economic front, Asia-Pacific weathered the impact of the financial and economic crises of 2007-2008 relatively well.

  • Livelihood Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

    This Planning Commission and UNDP study examines complex issues around promoting livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities. It consolidates experiences with and innovative approaches to creating livelihood opportunities for persons with disability. The report will also feed into the 12th Five-Year Plan for enabling greater inclusion and improving livelihoods for persons with disabilities.

  • Losing the Sparkle : Impact of the Global Crisis on the Diamond Cutting and Polishing Industry in India

    In the aftermath of global economic crisis, the diamond industry of India was severely hit. In order to provide comprehensive social protection to this sector, the report analyses the crisis and recommends a range of social security options.

  • Microfinance Community Update

    ‘Community Update’ provides members with periodic news and information about the activities, resources, events (past and forthcoming), opportunities for sharing between members of the CoP. All members can contribute to the Update. It also contains queries and discussions which have been concluded, consolidated replies issued and invites members to respond to ongoing discussions in the community.

  • Nuts and Bolts - Manufacturing in a Slump: Tail Enders in the Recent Recession – A Case Study of the Engineering Sector in Rajkot and Coimbatore

    The report examines empirical evidence to analyse the impact of the global economic crisis on workers and micro enterprises in the informal sector in the engineering industry in Rajkot and Coimbatore.


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.