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".

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Our Stories

  • Emergency Employment for IDPs in Shelters

    Located on the Mediterranean coast, the governorate of Tartous is currently hosting 500,000 displaced persons from various neighboring governorates since the start of the crisis in Syria. While communities in Tartous have been welcoming, a significant burden on basic services has emerged leaving local hosts not fully capable of fulfilling the needs of the displaced persons who sometimes arrives with only the clothes they have on.

  • Emergency employment yields a healthier environment for Syrians

    Mohammad was one of the Syrian citizens who never thought that the escalating hostilities would force him out of his home. Living in a hard-to-reach area of Aleppo, one of governorates most affected by the ongoing crisis, his family faced extremely difficult conditions due to the lack of basic goods, the ongoing violence, and the deterioration of health care.

  • Employment programme gives hope to new graduates in Jordan

    Like many other young students of his age in Jordan, Yousef El Mughrabi, 23, was full of dreams and plans for his future. Living in Ma’an, a southern Jordanian governorate where one in four people live in poverty and one in five is unemployed, Yousef’s dream was a simple one: securing a respectable job that could open the door for a better tomorrow for himself and his family.

  • Empowering Young Women in Upper Egypt: ENID’s work in Qena

    Saaeda Atta Ahmed thought her destiny was set in stone as a young women living in a poor rural village of Upper Egypt. But with education and training provided by UNDP, she now envisions a different future.

  • Empowering communities and women

    Targeting unemployed youth and women, the “Micro-finance Credit and Services to Needy Citizens of Bahrain” Project was launched in 2009 with the aim of creating an enhanced environment for equitable, job creation and reducing unemployment in Bahrain.

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