All Poverty Reduction Publications

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Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction

Despite progress achieved since the endorsement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by world leaders at the UN in September 2000, human poverty still remains widespread in certain parts of the world. Globally, the number of extreme poor has dropped by 650 million in the last three decades, a more

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Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction and Local Development

Achievements toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are often made through local actions – in villages and towns, provinces and regions. Local actors – community leaders, local government officials, civil society activists, farmers and entrepreneurs – know best what does and does not work more

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Fast Facts: Private Sector

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that many of the world's development challenges can be overcome with the help of vibrant economic growth driven by private enterprises that create jobs, generate tax revenues and provide vital goods and services for the world's poor. more

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Fast Facts: Trade, Intellectual Property and Migration

Global policies in international trade, intellectual property rights and migration have significant implications for development, especially among the world's poorest populations. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aims to increase awareness of how these policies affect developing more

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Fast Facts: UNDP and Climate Change

The document contains key facts about climate change drawn from UNDP's 2007/2008 Human Development Report. The document also outlines UNDP's work in the area of climate change and provides examples. more

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Financial and Economic Crisis - Guidance Note

This Guidance Note highlights the differentiated impacts of the ongoing crisis on poor women and men and the associated implications for economic development and growth. It makes recommendations for UNDP country offices and their national partners for harmonizing their actions and for assisting more

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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

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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 to more

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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 and more

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Fiscal Space in Developing Countries

Following the adoption of the MDGs, the issue of use of fiscal space is all the more acute. Mobilisation of fiscal space must be done in the context of the fight against poverty. more