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

Building a better life for people

UNDP project brought economic opportunities to ethnic minorities in China while preserving and enhancing their cultural identity and traditions. Photo: UNDP China more

Our Stories

  • Kamla, a market vendor in Rakiraki has seen her savings increase to USD$5-10.00 per week.

    Cash and Confidence for Women Market Vendors

    Kamla and Seravina are part of a group of women market vendors in the small rural town of Rakiraki in Fiji who are now doing businessmore

  • 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