UNDP has initiated a process of new thinking in order to address the future challenges of Latin America and the Caribbean. Despite economic growth, and poverty and inequality reductions in the region, UNDP indicates the need to move beyond the bulk of the region’s poor to reach targets that are difficult to achieve, such as population living in remote areas and living under extreme poverty, for example, who have benefited the least in terms of labour participation and income. This group includes traditionally marginalized groups such as indigenous peoples, afro-descendants and millions of women and young Latin Americans. Such targets require changes in behaviour and even cultural practices, beyond tailored and targeted social policies beyond the region’s achievements through conditional cash transfer programmes and other forefront poverty reduction policies.
UNDP has been has been focusing on the region’s main challenges—such as inequality and citizen security—to produce evidence, recommendation policies and share best-practices which will help governments in the region in enable a better quality of life for Latin Americans.
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Millenium Development Goals (MDG's)
In order to anticipate the coming challenges, UNDP developed a tool focused on fiscal equity aimed at supporting national governments in improving their distributive strategies without compromising their fiscal stability, always keeping in mind that closing development gaps in favour of lagging groups like women, indigenous peoples and the youth, should remain as one of the ultimate goals we promote. UNDP already started to work with a number of country offices in this initiative and has received very promising reactions from them and their national counterparts.
On the Post-2015 Agenda, more than 13 national consultations are under way in the region. For the most part, consultations have been targeted to include indigenous peoples and afro-descendants, migrants, and women, and have relied on a wide usage of media and communication channels to reach targeted audiences. In some particular cases, such as Peru, new topics such as cultural heritage and social identity are gaining ground in the discussion.
MDG's and Poverty Reduction: seeks to boost national institutions’ capacity to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and reduce poverty and inequality.
Inclusive growth: seeks to improve national institutions’ capacity to develop public policies that promote social inclusion.
Promotion of Human Development: seeks to boost national and local institutions’ capacities and share knowledge about human development, through debates and instruments that help design, implement, monitor and evaluate public policies.