Poverty Reduction


Asia and the Pacific has made good progress towards the MDG, particularly in reducing levels of poverty. The region has also achieved impressive economic growth. Nevertheless, Asia and the Pacific is still home to more than two-thirds of the world’s poor. Progress has been coupled with an alarming increase in inequality and persistent economic and social vulnerabilities. Social discrimination and exclusion continues to persist.more

Our Goals

UNDP works to support countries in Asia and the Pacific to sustain and accelerate progress on the MDG, ensuring that growth is inclusive, sustainable and equitable.more

Poverty Took Children Out of School

Rural children living below poverty level, herd goats as a living instead of going to school. India. Photo: Bijoy Mandal/UNDP Picture This

Our Stories

  • Frauline Limen took advantage of the Nauru Entrepreneurship Development Project to improve her livelihoods. Photo: Patrick Tuimaleali'ifano/UNDP

    From a grassroots mindset to a real entrepreneur in Nauru

    More than 260 Nauruans have been able to increase their income and improve the livelihoods of their families after knocking on the doors of the Enterprise Resource Centre.more

  • Voting site set up at the Jalan Sungai flats in Penang, Malaysia. Photo: Penang Women’s Development Corporation

    Budgeting to bring better lives for all

    Government planning, programming and budgeting that recognize and respond to the different needs of women and men, girls and boys, bring better lives for all throughmore

  • A bank representative helps customers in Fiji manage their electronic bank accounts. (Photo: Jeff Liew/UNCDF)

    Bringing financial services to the Pacific's poorest

    Seventy-year-old Raj Dulari no longer has to travel long distances each month to collect her social welfare payment from the Nausori Post Office in Fiji. Normore