International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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as a result of insufficient income, or lack of access to essential services, increasing numbers of Palestinians are living below the poverty line of less than US$2 a day (UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People)

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.

The 2013 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focuses on "Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty."

Learn more about UNDP's work to reduce poverty

  •   Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in Iraq Bolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqJun 24, 2015For Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months.

  • "From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East Sudan"From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East SudanMar 3, 2013In the remote village of Diemoyo of Red Sea State in Eastern Sudan, a region suffering from some of the lowest development indicators in the country, the once high rate of child and maternal mortality has recently been reduced.

  • 3 Goats bring self-sufficiency to local communities 3 Goats bring self-sufficiency to local communities Jan 8, 2013Southern Jordan observes the aspects of poor infrastructure, land and water sacristy with high poverty rate of 24.2%. As you travel to the Southern Jordan, you start to witness the features of poverty and deprivation all over the surroundings

  • A better livelihood for Safiyo Jan 4, 2013The smile on Safiyo Hassan Jama’s* face reveals her satisfaction at moving up from a casual labourer to a livestock farmer. She is a beneficiary of UNDP’s Area-based Early Recovery for Affected Communities (ABER) project.

  • A dream comes true Jan 4, 2013Asha Ali* is a widow and a mother of 6 children aged between 3 and 14. After her husband was killed by a stray bullet two years ago during fighting in Mogadishu, Asha has struggled to raise her children

  • A glimpse of hope for better times aheadA glimpse of hope for better times aheadMar 27, 2013Ar-Raqqah has been in the news a great deal lately as the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the conflict in Syria that has been going on since March 2011. This once prosperous province hosted one of the capitals of Harun Al-Rashid, the famous Abbasid Caliph, has seen a dramatic downturn in recent years.

  • A smile from an internally displaced people’s camp Jan 4, 2013Ibrahim Farah Isaq* – a father of four – has lived in Bossaso since 1995. He was born in Qoryoley, Lower Shabelle in southern Somalia, where he completed intermediate school. His father owned farming land, houses and a small business before the outbreak of the civil war in 1991.

  • A sustainable income at last Jan 4, 2013Sheikh Enow*, 48, has lived a life of misery and destitution. His misfortune can be traced to the collapse of the Somali government, when all his belongings were looted. Making matters worse, he had just lost his job.