International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Oct 17, 2012

The situation in southern Somalia has become worse following the drought caused by two seasons of low rainfall. (Photo: OCHA/Abdi Noor Yussuf)

Extreme poverty destroys the lives and spirit of people; it kills more children, young persons, and adults than any war. Every day, people living in extreme poverty are challenged and threatened by lack of food, shelter and access to essential services.

Recognizing that poverty is violence, the 2012 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on "Ending the violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting empowerment and building peace".

Learn more about UNDP's work to reduce poverty >

Our Stories

  • Years of support to communities in Sogsogley and Ashado in Borama have begun to bear fruit. The communities are now pushing back the threats to their livelihoods brought on by land degradation.

  • Businesses bloom in Sudan

    Picking flowers is not generally considered hazardous, but Alhadi Ibrahim Muhammed is using a gargara for his protection as he plucks blooms from a hibiscus plant. The small, metal tool allows him to avoid painful skin reactions as he picks the colourful crop.

  • Clinic renovation and skills training improve quality of life in Mogadishu

    Thousands of people in Mogadishu are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to a newly-renovated health clinic and a skills training program that were supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Program.

  • Community farms cultivate food and financial success

    Red Sea, June 2009 - As the sun rises and the smell of ginger-infused coffee fills the air, women emerge from their homes and head to a lush green field of abusabean, a crop used as cattle feed. It grows easily and abundantly in Sudan; provided there is enough water.

  • Constructing a future for youth in Tunisia

    Ever since Najet Salem was a young design student, she dreamed of two things: reviving the ancient carpet-weaving tradition and empowering the women artisans of her hometown of Gafsa, in southwest Tunisia.

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