Poverty Reduction and Livelihoods Promotion

Even as India continues to record impressive growth rates, poverty remains widespread and disparities deeply entrenched. According to the UNDP 2011 Global Human Development Report, India is ranked 134 out of 187 countries and UN-recognized territories. Recent Government of India estimates suggest 37 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. UNDP works in partnership with central, state governments and civil society organisations to enhance the effectiveness of national poverty reduction and livelihood programmes, and build partnerships that enable disadvantaged communities to improve skills and diversify to non-farm activities.

Our Goals

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. Empowering women remains a key area of intervention. more

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Livelihoods for the Poor

UNDP India’s Poverty Reduction Programme partners with central, state governments and civil society organizations across the country to improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction and livelihood promotion programmes and build partnerships that enable disadvantaged communities to improve skills and diversify to non-farm activities. Efforts are also aimed at addressing the challenge of financial inclusion through a range of financial products and services that reduce the vulnerability of the poor. Empowering women remains a key area of intervention.

Stories of Change

Projects and Initiatives

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State-Level Support to Livelihood Promotion Strategies in Rajasthan (2008-2012)

In partnership with the Department of Labour and Employment, Government of Rajasthan, the project aims to promote sustainable livelihoods for the poor and other vulnerable groups such as women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. more

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Financial Inclusion (2009-2012)

In partnership with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the project aims to increase financial inclusion through developing appropriate financial products for the poor and strengthening financial literacy, particularly amongst women. more

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