This paper describes the scale and nature of urban poverty in low- and middle-income nations and summarizes the different approaches that have been tried to reduce it. It draws on the literature not only on poverty but also on deprivations associated with poverty – poor quality housing conditions, health risks and lack of access to basic services, rule of law and voice.
Video: The Ethnic Minorities Cultural Products Development Project
Growing up, woman artisan Luru-Dashima never imagined such a possibility: her scarves, resplendent in colour and painstakingly hand-woven, sit atop shiny modern surfaces in Tangs, an upscale Singaporean department store. more
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It was not so long ago that anything entering or leaving China would have been subject to a long customs clearance process. To the average person this process might have seemed insignificant, but for the millions of young entrepreneurs looking to make the most out of economic reforms this used to represent one of their biggest obstacles when competing in global markets. more
Projects and Initiatives
This programme works to reduce poverty and protect traditional cultural expressions by leveraging cultural resources to develop livelihoods: specifically, the protection of Old Lhasa, sustainable tourism and trade development. more
- 26 Apr 2016:Haoliang Xu: Launch of the Regional Human Development Report
- 26 Apr 2016:UNDP: Fastest Population Shift in History Means Make or Break for Asia-Pacific
- 26 Apr 2016:Long-Term Planning Essential to Deal with Unprecedented Demographic Transition, Says UNDP Asia-Pacific Human Development Report
As the new Country Director for UNDP China, having arrived from Lesotho – an African country of just over 2 million people - I am constantly impressed by China’s statistics relating to alleviating poverty and the Millennium Development Goals.
With the adoption of the set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Summit in September 2015, Member States have committed to building a better world, where prosperity will be shared by all. This echoes China’s own vision to build an “all-round well-off” society by 2020, which places inclusive growth on the top agenda. Despite China’s remarkable economic growth, income inequality continues to widen with Gini-coefficient above 0.47 during the past decade. This has brought attention to China’s fiscal policies, particularly tax policies, which have long been deemed as the primary instrument to collect revenue and redistribute income. This issue brief provides an overview of China’s current tax system and its implications for reducing income inequality