COVID-19 & Poverty

How the coronavirus is going to affect the fight against poverty

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that change is possible overnight—if we want it.
Local organizations in Panama have continued to reach vulnerable groups during lockdown.
Helping the Central Asian republic to address the devastating effects of the pandemic.
Last year, through an intense period of UN reform, UNDP worked hard to support the people of 170 countries and territories around the world to get on their feet and stay there.
When businesses are seeing dark days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations in Nepal have been helping women make steady incomes
The global travel ban has decimated many countries' economies.

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On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

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31M

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20M

people gained access to
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256M

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