Projects & Initiatives

Microfinance in Mongolia

A nation in transition In the 1990s Mongolia transformed from a centrally planned to a market-driven economy. By 2004 the private sector’s share of GDP had... more

Aid for Trade in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Pro-poor trade reforms combined with resources under the Aid for Trade initiative can help developing countries to use trade in favour of human development. With the support of donors and partners, UNDP works with countries at the national and regional levels to improve their ability to produce, compete and trade with each other and beyond. more

Jamaica Debt Exchange Frees Resources for Human Development

Jamaica spends most of its government revenues on the repayment of debt and its interest, with little left over to spend on poverty reduction and infrastructure. A recent Jamaica Debt Exchange programme lightened its debt servicing burden by restructuring Jamaica’s domestic debt. more

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis of the Economic Crisis

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) studies help developing countries analyse the impact of the economic crisis and come up with policies to better deal with consequences of the crisis on poor and vulnerable people. more

Understanding Poverty and Inequality in Namibia

As a middle-income country with very unequal income distribution, Namibia is a place of poverty amid plenty. Although statistics about poverty and inequality are collected, they are rarely analyzed to understand how poverty and inequality are related to each other and how to bridge the gap between rich and poor. more

From Village to Market: Production Chains in Northern Ecuador

Small farms in the northern regions in Ecuador value the ability to market their produce. Production systems that UNDP and partners helped build in the region enabled them to raise their incomes. These systems are also environmentally sustainable and fair to all. more

The Moroccan Family Code

In 2007, UNDP launched a Joint Programme with UNIFEM and UNICEF to support the Moroccan Ministry of Justice to implement the reformed Moroccan Family Code (Moudawana) which establishes a less discriminatory legal framework governing property rights, inheritance and divorce. more

Mapping The Global Partnership For Development

This initiative devises and employs a tool to map the ways in which a range of global issues affect poverty in particular countries. The tool is then used to generate policies on global issues that support better lives for poor people. more

MDG Gap Task Force

The MDG Gap Task Force systematically tracks existing international commitments in the areas of aid, trade, debt relief, access to new technologies and affordable essential medicines, and identifies gaps in their fulfillment, providing recommendations to all major stakeholders on how to address them. more

Trade for Human Development in Mongolia

Landlocked countries – those without access to the sea – pay more to trade with other nations. UNDP supports the government of Mongolia to orient trade policies toward poverty reduction and advocate for the needs of landlocked developing countries. more

Youth Employment in Lesotho

UNDP teamed up with ILO, UNICEF and FAO to help Lesotho promote youth employment. The project’s goal is to give young people the entrepreneurial training, resources and mentoring they need to start business. more

Developing National Capacities for Poverty and Social Impact Analysis

UNDP and the World Bank teamed up to help developing countries conduct Poverty and Social Impact Analysis. The analysis can be used to formulate development strategies and policies and bring civil society into policy discussions. more