Poverty Reduction

Challenges in the Arab States

Human and income poverty in the Arab region reflect a convergence of political, social, economic, gender-based and environmental exclusion. Human and income poverty in the Arab region reflect a convergence of political, social, economic, gender-based and environmental exclusion. Weak social, political and administrative accountability mechanisms and politically-oriented socio-economic planning models have resulted in the neglect of large parts of the Arab population – inequality and exclusion were at the heart of the uprisings that many Arab countries have witnessed since December 2010 More

Our Goals

UNDP works with national and international partners in order to contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and the substantial reduction of overall poverty. More

Facts & Figures

In Sudan’s River Nile State, UNDP is helping villagers increase crop yields and manage climate change impacts through new agricultural practices. 15.3 million people had greater food security in 2011-2012.

Our Stories

  • Raed El-Shorafa on the boat he built for tours on the sea in Gaza with UNDP support. Photo: UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People

    A tour boat sets sail in Gaza, launching a better life

    When he graduated recently with a degree in architecture, Raed El-Shorafa, 27, faced the risk of joining increasing numbers of the unemployed in Gaza. Despite hismore

  • Nesrine prepared the soil with her own hands, dug out trenches and installed the greenhouses needed to launch her project. Photo: UNDP Tunisia.

    Encouraging and supporting youth employment in Tunisia

    Nothing in Nesrine Berhouma’s destiny pointed to snail farming. Yet, at just 27 years old, this young Tunisian has courageously taken on a relatively novel activity.more

Projects & Initiatives

Empowering & Connecting the Community through ICT in Egypt (2007)

The objective of this project is to strengthen the efforts of the government of Egypt in cooperation with various stakeholders in the process of building the nation’s information society. The project would help produce the following outputs: a) universal access policies and strategies developed and upgraded, b) ICT applications supported; c) innovation enhanced, d) legal and regulatory enabling environment created, e) human resources training and development supported, and, f) knowledge sharing and internal management support systems established. more

Dahshour Community Development in Egypt (2009)

The Joint Programme seeks to support the reduction of human development disparities, with special reference to addressing the gender gap and achieving environmental sustainability. Dahshour project has served a total of 4417 women in the Dahshour community providing them with training to build their capacity at the institutional local and national level. The project has also provided women with awareness raising workshops and engaged them in dialogues for information sharing. The project has created socioeconomic opportunities for 275 women, in addition the project has also supported women in strengthening cultural/community centers and museums. more

Gender and Economic Empowerment Project in Yemen (2010)

The project contributes to the economic and social empowerment of women and youth, improved livelihoods, rights, and gender sensitive policy support. It aims to empower socially and economically disadvantaged women and youth -the primary beneficiaries to be empowered are some 1,200 economically and socially disadvantaged women and youth (70 percent women and 30 percent male youth respectively- in market oriented technical, entrepreneurial and managerial skills, confidence building and empowering skills, necessary to improve their access to productive resources and sustainable earning potential. more

Video: 3*6 Approach in Yemen


The Youth Economic Empowerment Project uses the 3x6 Approach to contribute to peace-building and the economic recovery process by mitigating rampant unemployment among youth in Yemen. The approach has three main phases: inclusiveness, ownership and sustainability.

Arab Development Challenges Report 2011

This second Development Challenges Report, coming at a time when the region is passing through a critical historical juncture, attempts to go beyond the numbers to uncover processes that have underpinned mutually reinforcing drivers of social, economic and political exclusion. This report argues that the development model followed in the Arab region can be placed on a more socially just foundation

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