All Poverty Reduction Publications

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Sector-wide Approaches (SWAps) (Human Development Viewpoint)

A SWAp defines a programmatic approach for a particular sector or cross-cutting thematic field (such as legal reform, HIV/AIDS) that supports the achievement of a coherent set of nationally-determined goals. UNDP supports the SWAp as a viable organising framework for development cooperation. more

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Small-Scale Water Providers in Kenya: Pioneers or Predators?

In 2008, 83 percent of Kenyans living in urban areas, had access to safe drinking water – down from 91 percent in 1990. This gradual deterioration in urban water access is mainly due to growing demand caused by rapid population growth, especially in the informal settlements. According to UN more

Small-Scale, Private Water Service Provision: Case Studies of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya

Small-Scale, Private Water Service Provision: Case Studies of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya

This series of case studies focuses on issues with private provision of water services in urban areas of Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.   Small scale providers increase water supply coverage – an essential service in fast-growing cities – and reduce time poverty. However, system of water more

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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

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Social Implications of the Global Economic Crisis in Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

This synthesis report identifies common and differentiated impacts, responses and coping strategies across the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The report outlines a series of time-bound recommendations to reduce the negative impact of the economic crisis on the urban and rural more

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Social Protection, Growth and Employment: Evidence from India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Peru and Tajikistan

The global financial and economic crisis has highlighted and reinforced the need for effective social protection mechanisms that can not only prevent  households from falling into poverty but also permanently raise their earnings. Meanwhile, social protection policies must be consistent with more

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Starting a Pro-Poor Public- Private Partnership for a Basic Urban Service

The Guideline provides steps to make sure the main features of an effective pro-poor PPP are built in from the start. Do’s and Don’ts are raised from the experience of what works well and what does not. Examples and cases of pro-poor PPPs in practice are also given. Examples are provided of PPP more

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State Institution Building Support in Timor Leste

This paper examines a large-scale state institution building programme launched in Timor-Leste in May 2002, providing detailed descriptions of achievements made, challenges faced, as well as suggestions for the future in the area of capacity development intervention, capacity development more

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Strategy for Scaling Up Support to the MDGs

This document outlines a strategy for strengthening the UN system’s support to governments to accelerate progress towards MDGs by combining policy support for the MDGs with capacity development for service delivery, strategic planning, and resource mobilization. more

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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 or more