All Poverty Reduction Publications

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Tariff Hikes with Low Investment: The Urban Water Sector in Zambia

According to current estimates, the MDG of halving the 1.1 billion people without access to safe drinking water by 2015 will only be achieved by 2040, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Why will it take this long? Because tariffs are unaffordable and investments in infrastructure are extremely low. more

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The Contribution of UNDP-GEF Adaptation Initiatives Towards MDG1

This brief discusses the nexus between climate change and MDG1: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. It highlights UNDP-GEF adaptation programming approaches and initiatives to increase the resilience of vulnerable populations to adapt to the long-term impacts of climate change and variabilitymore

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The Development Advocate: Afghanistan Edition

The Afghanistan Edition of the Development Advocate showcases stories from successful projects in the UNDP's largest country programme.   "All the stories of our projects there, some bigger in scope than others, have at their core the common aspirations of a people yearning to make theirmore

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The Financial Crisis and Its Impact on Developing Countries

This paper identifies three key channels of transmission of the financial crisis from developed to developing countries: capital flows, trade and remittances, and provides broad recommendations for policy responses at the national level, proposing sweeping reforms at the global and regional level. more

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The Financial Crisis and its Impact on Developing Countries

In this paper, Stephany Griffith-Jones and José Antonio Ocampo identify three key channels of transmission of the financial crisis from developed to developing countries: capital flows, trade and remittances. The paper provides broad recommendations for policy responses at the national level, andmore

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The Global Conversation Begins - Emerging views for a new development agenda

The United Nations and partners have launched an unprecedented series of consultations with people the world over to seek their views on a new development agenda to build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This global conversation responds to a growing call for activemore

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The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative

While the HIPC (Heavily Indebted Poor Countries) initiative represents a significant break from traditional debt relief, it is not a robust or fast enough intervention. This practice note details some arguments on how to expand the HIPC initiative and elaborates on UNDP’s role in the initiative andmore

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The Impact of the Doha Round on Kenya

This study analyzes the benefits and costs of trade liberalization and policy choices for Kenya in the context of the WTO Doha Round. A positive balance for Kenya will depend on reduced support to agriculture in developed countries and how much protection Kenya can retain to its manufacturingmore

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The MDG Acceleration Framework Toolkit

The MAF provides national stakeholders with a systematic approach to identify and analyse bottlenecks that are causing MDGs to veer off-track or to advance too slowly. It then aims to generate shared diagnostics and to recommend comprehensive, collaborative and focused actions, based on prioritizedmore

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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