Poverty Reduction

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Lessons from the South African Electricity Crisis

South Africa is suffering an electricity crisis. Blackouts have been widespread and the impact disastrous. Electricity supply is predicted to constrain growth for at least the next five years. How could this have occurred when until recently South Africa had a surplus of cheap electricity? more


Equitable Access to Basic Services

Current practice in utility provision involves the following. Governments retain ownership and pay for capital investments, while privatising the operations and management of the companies. Does this modality guarantee equitable access to water and electricity services? more


Tariff Hikes with Low Investment: The Urban Water Sector in Zambia

According to current estimates, the MDG of halving the 1.1 billion people without access to safe drinking water by 2015 will only be achieved by 2040, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why will it take this long? Because tariffs are unaffordable and investments in infrastructure are extremely low. more


Social Enterprise: A New Model for Poverty Reduction and Employment Generation

Social enterprises provide an innovative approach and are effective as poverty reduction agents that can contribute to the promotion of cohesive communities. This publication reviews the results of a two-year social enterprise study in Europe and the CIS. more


Toward a Balanced Sui Generis Plant Variety Regime

The TRIPS Agreement requires members to provide intellectual property protection to plant varieties. This has potential impacts over farming practices in countries that have long depended on informal exchange of farm-saved seed and knowledge. In order to establish a balanced sui generis PVP regime,more


Making Globalization Work for the Least Developed Countries

This paper analyses how LDCs are affected by the current process of globalization, and considers what policies such countries and the international community can implement to increase the share of benefits they receive in this process, while minimizing the costs and risks they bear. more


Low Skilled Workers and Bilateral, Regional and Unilateral Initiatives

The lack of progress on trade in services through the movement of natural persons, particularly of low-skilled persons, under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) has been a matter of concern for Least Developed Countries. This paper attempts to understand how bilateral and unilateralmore


Putting a Human Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Reduction into Practice

This report documents field experience from a UNDP pilot project and outlines the key principles of the approach: universality, non-discrimination, attention to vulnerable groups, participation, empowerment, transparency and accountability, and indivisibility and interdependence of rights. more


Vanuatu Diagnostic Trade Integration Study

Vanuatu is scheduled to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status in coming years. Yet risks remain, including the possibility of overheating as aid inflows increase and the public sector wage bill rises relative to overall recurrent government expenditure. more


Supporting Capacities for Integrated Local Development

This Practice Note aims to provide a concise overview of the capacity challenges involved in local development and potential ways to address them. The Note provides a point of reference for discerning where capacity development investments and efforts could be focused, rather than set solutions ormore

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Poverty Reduction

Poverty reduction is the overarching goal and at the core of UNDP’s work to support transformational change which brings about real improvements in people’s lives. UNDP invests nearly
US$1 billion every year in fighting poverty and advancing progress towards the MDGs.


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