UNDP brings people together within nations and around the world, building partnerships and sharing ways to promote participation, accountability and effectiveness at all levels. We help countries strengthen their electoral and legislative systems, improve access to justice and public administration, and develop a greater capacity to deliver basic services to those most in need. This portfolio also encompasses poverty. Poverty is a complicated issue touching on various areas. With a fifth of the planet's people living on less than $1 a day, poverty remains an important issue impacting not only those effected, but society as a whole. Whilst poverty is often reduced to income or hunger it is in fact a relative phenomenon with multiple facets. Absolute poverty can be defined as the minimum basic needs necessary to survive, such as adequate food, drinking water, clothing and shelter.
The goal of UNDP Barbados and OECS is to support the strengthening of democracy and governance and the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable human development for its 10 programme countries by: Promoting alternative development frameworks and strategies for sustainable and equitable growth; promoting global and regional cooperation to achieve human development; strengthening capacity of key governance institutions for people-centered development and fostering social cohesion; promoting decentralization that supports participatory local governance; strengthening local organizations and empowering communities; and promoting an efficient and accountable public sector that serves all citizens.