Poverty Reduction

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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


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


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


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 theirmore


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


Collective Action Triggers Institutionalised Stakeholder Participation

This case study describes a promising example of institutionalised civil society participation in the PRSP/PARPA process in Mozambique. more


Growth, Employment and Poverty

This paper explores the relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction with special focus on the role of employment in shaping the linkage. The empirical basis of the analysis consists of two recent sets of studies: nine UNDP country case studies on “Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction”more


Guidelines for Non-Voluntary Use of a Patent on Medical Technologies

This paper provides guidance for the effective implementation of public health safeguards and flexibilities in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) in order to promote access to medicines to all. more


Indicators for Policy Management

 This manual is part of a UNDG initiative designed to help meet this challenge by enhancing statistical capacity and literacy across a large number of partners in order to increase data availability and enable evidence-based policy-making. more

UNDP Global Programme
2014 to 2017

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Fast Facts
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.


Our work on Povery Reduction
UNDP's Annual Report
New Partnerships for Development

Our 2013-2014 Annual Report spotlights results from actions across core dimensions of development, from jobs and food security, to well-run elections, to crisis recovery, to the management of finite natural resources.

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