Poverty Reduction

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.