Poverty Reduction

  • 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.

  • Samruddhi - The Madhya Pradesh Model of Financial Inclusion

    The report assesses the impact of Samruddhi- the Madhya Pradesh model of financial inclusion that aims to improve access of the state’s poor to finance. It examines the current level and pattern of access to finance for rural households in India and various approaches to delivering financial services to the rural poor. It also provides recommendations for policymakers and financial service providers on how to upscale access to finance for rural poor through a commercially sustainable model.

  • 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.


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.