Poverty Reduction

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Fiscal Space for What?

This paper proposes a framework and policy instruments to secure fiscal space for financing a national development strategy. For many developed countries, fiscal policy means managing structural shocks and increasing access to key public goods. For most low-income countries, significant andmore


Gender and Indicators

What does a world without gender inequality look like? Realising this vision requires inspiring and mobilising social change. Gender-sensitive indicators and other measurements of change are critical for building the case for taking gender (in)equality seriously, for enabling better planning andmore


Debating the Provision of Basic Utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the World Bank’s ample support for privatisation and exaggerated promises for privatisation’s performance, it has performed miserably in sub-Saharan Africa. Is it time to rethink supporting the private sector in this region? more


Operationalizing Human Rights-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction

 This is an interim report on the UNDP pilot project "Operationalizing Human Rights Approaches to Poverty Reduction.” It outlines the key principles of the Approach: universality, non-discrimination, and attention to vulnerable groups; participation,empowerment, transparency andmore


Privatising Basic Utilities in Africa: A Rejoinder

In this IPC Policy Research brief, John Nellis argues that th ease of improving the performance of state-owned firms has been overestimated, while the amount of investment capital required in African water and electricity sectors has been underestimated. more


Initiatives on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

As part of UNDP's Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launched in 2007, this booklet illustrates case studies from legal empowerment projects in several countries. more


Debt Sustainability in HIPC and other Critically Indebted Developing Countries

The fourth in a series of discussion papers on MDGs and debt sustainability, this paper reviews the evidence of the HIPC initiative. Despite significant levels of debt relief through this initiative, in 11 out of 13 countries, debt ratios have deteriorated. The paper makes proposals to enhance themore


Maldives Diagnostic Trade Integration Study

Recent developments in the Maldives, including the 2004 tsunami, have had a negative impact on trade and economic performance. This has resulted in a downturn in the tourism sector which contributes substantially both to GDP and to foreign exchange earnings. This report examines the challenges andmore


Fiscal Space for Public Investment

A development transformation requires a major scaling up in public investment. Yet current fiscal rules used to assess fiscal solvency and sustainability limit the scope for such a scaling up. This paper examines the basis for this argument and explores the analytical and policy possibilities tomore


The Macroeconomic Debate on Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Financing

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a rapidly unfolding human development tragedy that demands an urgent, scaled-up global response. Yet ill-founded qualms about upsetting macroeconomic stability stand in the way of dramatically increasing Official Development Assistance (ODA)to tackle the epidemic. more

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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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