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

  • Empowering female entrepreneurs in Somalia

    In Somalia’s autonomous Puntland region, poverty and the lack of economic opportunities often force communities to turn to piracy-based incomes to survive.

  • Encouraging and supporting youth employment in Tunisia

    The ‘Employment Generation for Youth in Tunisia Project’, funded in large part by the Government of Japan, aims to promote and increase self-employment for youth, both men and women, through access to professional and entrepreneurial training, with emphasis on environmental sectors.

  • Entrepreneurial spirits in Gaza / Small grants - big difference

    Sameer al Hams’ workshop is hard to miss. Twelve washing machines spill from its doors into the dusty street. He shares the workspace with a yellow, stretch Mercedes taxi and dozens of old televisions and spare parts.

  • Equality Means Business

    “Women’s Economic Empowerment in Iraq: Integrating Women in the Iraqi Economy” Report, released by UNDP, features stories of 11 remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses.

  • Berdale district in the Bay region bears the brunt of the civil war in the country. Most of the people here are agro-pastoralists or run small businesses. A UNDP Area Based Early Recovery (ABER) project is providing employment opportunities for 281 vulnerable households in five villages and Berdale town itself through agriculture development, establishment of small businesses and infrastructure rehabilitation.

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