Poverty Reduction

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.


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.