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.
MDG Goal 1 which seeks to achieve a 50% reduction in those living in absolute poverty by 2015 is a principle goal which all agencies, including UNDP, is with working with partners, governments and communities to achieve. Recognizing that it is only logical to involve those who are directly affected by it, UNDP and the OECS Secretariat have sought to implement initiatives of inclusion to facilitate poverty reduction and social policy formulation. more
Projects and Initiatives
This initiative serves to compliment UNDPs work on the quantitative measurement of poverty, that is, the Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) developed in collaboration with the OECS Living Standards Measurement Committee (LSMC) and guided by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).more