Poverty Reduction


Report on the living conditions of Roma households in Slovakia 2007

2007 - This report is based on data gleaned by the Roma Household Survey 2005. It represents the most comprehensive survey of Roma households carried out in the Slovak Republic to date. The report covers the following subjects: dwelling status and condition, health, income, expenditure, employment,more


At risk: Roma and the displaced in Southeast Europe

2006 - This report presents survey data on the situation of Roma, refugees and internally displaced person in Southeast Europe. It offers a comprehensive picture of the problems vulnerable groups face in the region and puts forward policy advice on how to break this cycle of poverty and exclusion. more


Employing the Roma: Insights from business

2005 - The report aims to spark dialogue in the business community on Roma employment, and offers suggestions for how companies can begin to address this challenge, based on in-depth interviews with companies in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic conducted between May and September 2005. more


The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States

May 2012 - Based on two recent surveys, this report shows that the situation of Roma in the areas of employment, education, housing and health is on average worse than the situation of non-Roma living close by, and that Roma continue to experience discrimination and are not sufficiently aware ofmore


Avoiding the dependency trap

2002 - This comprehensive study on the situation of the Roma minority in five Central and Eastern European countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic) is based on comparable socioeconomic data from a cross-country survey of 5,034 Roma respondents. more


Opportunities for Roma inclusion

June 2012 - The aims and challenges of Roma inclusion strategies and what approaches are most successful. Focus on equal citizenship, monitoring and evaluation, parental empowerment and education. more


Ethnicity as an indicator of living conditions and discrimination

2009 - This report presents policy makers and the broader public with a review of ethnic data collection policies and practices in Europe, as well as an analysis of the situation in Slovakia, and serves as a useful source of information for combatting poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. more


Executive summary: Regional Human Development Report on social inclusion

2011 - Summary of UNDP’s Regional Human Development Report on social inclusion: Beyond Transition: Towards Inclusive Societies. The report looks at the vicious cycle of poverty from the perspective of those who experience it firsthand. The report presents findings from surveys in six countries andmore


Poverty, inequality and social policy reform in the former Soviet Union

October 2009 - This report looks at the links between poverty and transition in the Soviet successor states. more

Our work on poverty reduction

UNDP works with national partners to reduce poverty and advocate for human development.


Almost 30 percent of people in the region either live in poverty or are at risk of living in poverty; and increases are expected by approximately five million people for every one percent decline in gross domestic product (GDP) (World Bank, 2009).


Some six million people in Central Asia live in poverty; and it is estimated that the number of people living in poverty in the region increased by an additional one million in 2009 (MDG Report, 2011).


Most countries in the region face rising inequalities, a large setback in social protection, an expanding informal sector, a decrease in male life expectancy, and a massive surge in migration.


The region has experienced the highest increase in socio economic inequality in the world over the last 20 years. One third of people surveyed in the region say that they are excluded - from economic life, social services and participation in society.