Poverty Reduction

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: the Poverty Reduction Cluster bridges the gaps between government, NGOs, donors, and most importantly, local communities to assign programs and resources where they are needed most.

Our Goals

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

Cutting Poverty

Our work in slums across the country has improved the lives of millions of poor people in urban centres who are deprived of essential services that other citizens enjoy. Photo: GMB Akash / UNDP Bangladesh more

Our Stories

Shyamola Begum is representative of a broader Bangladeshi reality, where economic empowerment has often led to a greater voice for women in the family and the public sphere. Photo: Kawser Ahmed / UNDP Bangladesh
Women take the lead in fighting poverty

Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one roommore 

Shabdi D'Costa is well known in her neighbourhood for her work helping women climb out of poverty. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.
The poverty fighter Didi of Godnail slum

Shabdi D’Costa was in her forties, barely surviving with her three daughters on her husband’s meagre Tk 1,800 (US $22) salary, when she took a principledmore 

Through an automated application process, qualified young men and women are being better matched to appropriate jobs as migrant workers. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh
Migrant workers get a ticket to a better life

Ashikur Rahman (36) dreamed of going to abroad to work, but that dream ended badly when just over 4 years ago, he along with a friendmore 

Children in the hill districts are now learning the basics in their mother tongues, pushing attendance rates up. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh
Multi-lingual schools get attendance up in the hill districts

Going to school was never a real possibility for the children in the village of Alutila, a remote hamlet that houses a smattering of villages inmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Strengthening Women’s Ability for Productive New Opportunities

    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 

  • Support to Sustainable and Inclusive Planning

    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 

  • Social Protection Policy Support Programme

    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 

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