Poverty Reduction

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One out of every two Timorese currently lives below the national poverty line. Unemployment is high, employment opportunities in the formal sector are generally limited, and job creation by the private sector falls far short of demand. UNDP’s work in poverty reduction focuses on improving the economic opportunities that help people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty through sustainable livelihood programmes, social business enterprises and access to financial services. This approach supports the objectives of the Timor-Leste government’s current 20-year Strategic Development Plan.

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