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 IraqBolstering self-reliance for refugees and the displaced in IraqFor Murad, 41, a father of seven, the worst part of being internally displaced was to endure being jobless for more than six months.

  •   Emergency jobs sow long-term livelihoods for youth in Jordan Emergency jobs sow long-term livelihoods for youth in JordanThis portfolio is the result of lasting partnership between UNDP, national counterparts and a wide range of implementing partners at the field level.

  • "From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East Sudan"From the bottom up": Local Development Brings Regional Impact to East SudanIn 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 communitiesSouthern 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 SafiyoThe 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 trueAsha 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 aheadAr-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 journey of ResilienceA journey of ResilienceHunger and siege have suffocated us” said Seham Al-Ali; a mother of five children who was forced to flee twice in a row from the devastating conditions in Aleppo, first to Menbej, then to Tartous governorate where she found in Al-Karnak shelter the safe haven for her family.