Poverty Reduction

  • Realizing the future we want for all

    The first report from the UN system on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Realizing the Future We Want for All – recommends that new goals should build on the strengths of the Millennium Development Goals, apply to all countries, and be based on the fundamental principles of human rights, equality, and sustainability.

  • Regulations on Microfinance: Synthesis of Important Discussions on Microfinance Regulations

    This document incorporates the outputs of three discussions on Microfinance Regulations - Malegam Committee Report, National Regulatory Framework for Microfinance Sector and Microfinance (Development and Regulation) Bill. While the discussion on national regulatory framework incorporates various issues related to regulation in the microfinance sector, discussions on Malegam Committee and Microfinance (Development and Regulation) Bill focus specifically on the key issues that are covered in the Malegam Committee report and MF bill.

  • Results of an Experimental Pilot Cash Transfer Study in Delhi

    The report outlines results of an experimental pilot study undertaken by the Government of Delhi and SEWA as part of a joint UNDP-Government of Delhi partnership initiated in 2009. It tests the effects of substituting Public Distribution System by cash transfers for BPL families.

  • Rights-Based Legal Guarantee as Development Policy: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

    This paper analyses the legal framework and policy innovations undertaken towards achieving the stated objectives of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

  • Roundtable on Implementation Framework of Aajeevika

    A national level round table was conducted in order to share the results of regional consultation and outputs of the discussions taken up by Microfinance Community of Practice, Solution Exchange on the NRLM design and implementation framework. In all, 50 participants from a variety of institutions, sub-sectors, functional areas and geographic locations were present at the roundtable. These included representatives of CSOs and social entrepreneurs working closely with scheduled tribes including particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs), scheduled caste communities, rural women, minority communities, migrant labourers, and PwDs.


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.