Poverty Reduction

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Plenty of Room? Fiscal Space in a Resource Abundant Economy

 The typical problems faced by developing economies in financing the fight against poverty should, in the very least, be severely attenuated in mineral rich economies. The problem of these economies, a skeptic may dispute, is not finding more resources: it is using them more efficiently. more


Quick Wins

Quick impact initiatives, or "Quick Wins,” are designed to bring vital gains in well-being to millions of people and start countries on the path to the Millennium Development Goals. more


The Macroeconomics of Aid

Since the advent of the MDGs, many costing exercises have highlighted that in order to attain the MDGs by 2015, current levels of Official Development Assistance (ODA) have to be at least double. But even though Developed Countries are prepared to finance the necessary increase in ODA, do the more


The Role of Public Investment in Poverty Reduction

 This paper explores the linkages between public investment, growth and poverty reduction, with the aim of providing an overall view of existing theories, evidence and methods, and of examining ways to provide better guidance to policy-makers in the use of available techniques and information more


UNDP Statement at the Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference, December 2005

A global trade regime as envisaged in Doha could make a real difference for the poor, especially in the least-developed countries. Trade reforms that are driven by human development concerns will boost MDG progress in countless villages and slums around the world. more


Fiscal Decentralization and Poverty Reduction

 This primer is intended to provide an introduction to the main principles of fiscal decentralisation, to examine linkages between poverty reduction and fiscal decentralisation, to briefly describe major comparative experiences, and to clarify UNDP’s approaches and entry points. more


Why is "Dutch Disease" Always a Disease?

This working paper examines the validity of the claim that ‘scaling up’ ODA in developing countries will cause ‘Dutch Disease’ effects that slow growth and human development. more


Economic Alternatives for Sub-Saharan Africa

This paper addresses the problem of "poverty traps" caused by low levels of national savings in Sub-Saharan Africa. The investments of many of these countries are financed by external capital flows, especially ODA. More troubling is that they are not making progress on basing their more


Utilities' Pricing and the Poor: The Case of Armenia

This paper examines the impact of the privatization of certain utilities, including electricity, water, gas, and heating, on poverty in Armenia. more


Macroeconomic Policies for Poverty Reduction: Syria

 This study aims to prescribe policies that attempt to "solve" as much of the poverty problem as possible on the economic side of the equation while using social policies in a complementary way to reinforce the impact of economic policies. 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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