Poverty Reduction and Livelihoods Promotion

Since 1990, India has cut poverty by half but even today, nearly 300 million people live in extreme poverty. UNDP supports government efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives. Our programmes aim to secure livelihoods, support protective legislations and access to entitlements, provide policy research and evidence, build capacity and promote south-south cooperation to eradicate poverty, and ensure government’s anti-poverty policies are more inclusive.

Our Goals

To strengthen capabilities and opportunities to reduce poverty and marginalization – focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints.

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Stories of Change

Heading in the Right Direction: Career Counselling Programmes for Young Women
Heading in the Right Direction: Career Counselling Programmes for Young Women

Career Guidance Counselling Centres are motivating young women to secure careers that empower them. For 18 year old Razia Sultan, pursuing a 2-year course in civil more 

Building Skills, Building Futures
Building Skills, Building Futures

Short vocational training course in plastics engineering with assured placement for young women in Haryana, a state with one of the lowest female workforce participation rates in India. more 

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Photo Essay

  • #IN2016: The Year in Review

    2016 has been a fulfilling year where we deepened our collaboration with central and state governments, launched several new exciting partnerships, and continued to support the transformational ideas that will ensure India realizes its dream of creating better lives for all its citizens. As we look forward to 2017, we reflect on the year gone by through the lens of the camera.more 

  • Stories of Aspiration, Stories of Direction: ‘Disha’ in Action

    Disha aims to improve the lives of one million women in India by helping them learn marketable skills, connecting them with income opportunities and assisting women to become economically self-sufficient. It was a busy year for us with over 40 pilots in the National Capital Region of Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. Take a look at our year! more 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Disha: Creating Employment and Entrepreneurship Opportunities for Women in India

    A three-year partnership between the India Development Foundation, UNDP and Xyntéo, supported by IKEA Foundation seeks to positively impact the lives of one million women in India through training, entrepreneurial skill development and employment, as well as to develop a new model of public-private collaboration that can be adapted and replicated across India. more 

  • Improving Efficiency of Vaccination Systems in Multiple States

    In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, UNDP aims to support the Universal Immunization Programme (UIP) through designing and implementing an Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN), and strengthening the evidence base for improved policy-making in vaccine delivery, procurement and planning for new antigens.more 

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