Poverty Reduction

Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous progress in reducing poverty, with 51 million people rising to the middle class in the last decade, according to UNDP figures. But there are many challenges to overcome. Of almost 600 million inhabitants, about 30 percent still live in poverty and 73 million of them live in extreme poverty. Even though inequality has been reducing in the past years, the region remains the most unequal in the world. Ten of the 15 countries with the highest levels of inequality are in the region.

Our Goals

UNDP promotes inclusive and sustainable human development and works to reduce poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean—in all its dimensions. We focus our efforts on making growth and trade benefit everyone in the region. more

Bridges to Inclusive Development

The Project Bridges to Inclusive Development in Paraguay was an intervention model with the goal of improving the living conditions of families living in extreme poverty. Photo: UNDP Paraguay

Our Stories

  • In Nepal, school children play outdoors. (Photo: UNDP)

    Collaborative project shows "One Day on Earth"

    On 10 October, 2010, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staff members in more than 100 countries worldwide took part in a collaborative film project to documentmore

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Energy Services to achieve the MDGs and to alleviate poverty in the LAC region

This joint initiative of the ECLAC, UNDP, and the club de Madrid reaffirms the importance of energy access in poverty reduction of the most vulnerable groups and achieving the MDGs in the Latin America and the Caribbean. The report recommends strengthening governmental planning and processes to scaling up pro-poor programmers for the provision of energy access in rural communities.

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