Poverty Reduction

UNDP collaborates with government authorities, public and private sectors as well as civil society for promoting human development, reducing poverty, addressing economic and social inequalities, and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Economic growth will not reduce poverty, improve equality and produce jobs unless it is inclusive. UNDP works to make real improvements in people’s lives, opening up their choices and opportunities.

Our Goals

UNDP aims to reduce poverty in Pakistan for all segments of the society, with a particular focus on women and marginalized communities. In close collaboration with the Government of Pakistan, UNDP functions within the national frameworks of the MDGs, the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper, and New Growth Framework for Pakistan.

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Reducing Poverty

UNDP aims to reduce poverty in Pakistan for all segments of the society, with a particular focus on women and marginalized communities.

Our Stories

  • “We are more aware of our surroundings and I haven’t felt this productive in my entire life,” Muhammad Jaan. Photo: UNDP Pakistan/Huma Akram

    Paving the Way for Women Empowerment

    For the first time in her 103 years, Muhammad Jaan feels productive and actively takes part in her village community meetings. She is one of the more

Projects and Initiatives

Area Development Programme in Balochistan

The Area Development Programme Balochistan project is a community-based development programme. The objective of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security through increased incomes and productive assets in the target areas. more

Promoting Employment and Productivity in the Garment Industry

The project aims to increase incomes and employment opportunities for youth and women through enhanced productivity in the garment textiles industry. The project is focusing on improving policy research, developing capacity of small and medium enterprises and institutional strengthening to support sustainable growth in the textile sector. more

Mountains and Markets: Biodiversity & Business in Northern Areas

This project uses voluntary certification of non-timber forest products as a tool to promote biodiversity conservation and strengthen existing conservation efforts with innovative market-based mechanisms. The project develops community and institutional capacity for certified production of biodiversity-friendly non-timber forest products in Northern Pakistan and stimulates market demand for these products thereby creating new economic incentives for conservation. more

Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas Programme

Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) is a Joint Programme Component within the UN Delivering as One. The inception of RAHA owes to the presence of three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan in the preceding three decades, resulting in social, economic and environmental consequences. This project aims at ensuring peaceful coexistence of Afghan refugees, who are well documented, with the local communities until the situation in Afghanistan becomes conducive to their return. The programme also aims at strengthening the Government of Pakistan's governance and public service delivery. more

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Featured Publications
Infographic: Sindh Province MDGs 2012

This infographic shows the status of Millennium Development Goals in Sindh province. The data is taken from the first-ever MDGs report on Sindh province. It provides the status of MDGs achieved across all districts of Sindh & highlights regional disparities.

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