The UNDP Poverty Reduction Cluster supports the process of social inclusion and local economic development through four interlinked approaches: local ownership, capacity development, income and employment generation and social protection. Local problems need local solutions, and the Poverty Reduction Cluster bridges the gap between government, NGOs, donors, and most importantly local communities to put programs and resources where they are needed most.
UNDP ensures that every approach it takes to poverty reduction is SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Trackable. Setting goals is an integral component to the Poverty Reduction Cluster’s approach.more
Projects and Initiatives
SWAPNO is a social transfer project for ultra-poor women with a state-of-the-art 'graduation' strategy aims at smoothening the transition from safety net employment to market-driven employment by vocational skills training, job placement and diversified climate change resilient livelihoods options, ensuring market linkages and access to essential public services and by social and economic inclusion for these women.more
The objective of SSIP is to strengthen policy, analytical and technical capacity within key Government agencies in Bangladesh for promoting pro-poor economic-social policy. The project focuses on promoting inclusive and resilient policy regime, and aims to build government capacity for sustainable environmental planning to secure a balanced and equitable society. The MDG monitoring and evaluation component of SISP is a continuation of the previous evaluation program in Bangladesh, and will accelerate its progress towards the MDGs up to and beyond 2015.more
Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming a middle income country by 2021 and in its’ journey to achieve that position, there exists the challenge of addressing 17% of the population who are extremely poor. Social security for citizens is mandated by the Article 15 (d) of the Constitution of Bangladesh as ‘the provision of basic necessities.’ At the 2011 Dhaka Social Protection Conference, the Government of Bangladesh announced the preparation of the first National Social Security Strategy (NSSS) which lays out the journey to lift the extreme poor in Bangladeshmore