Poverty Reduction


Thirty-seven percent of PNG's population live below the national poverty line and PNG is one of the poorest countries in Asia and indeed the world. UNDP's poverty reduction programme is geared towards providing strategic support to the government in its formulation, implementation and monitoring of national development plans and strategies so that it can help PNG achieve the Millennium Target of halving poverty by 2015.

Our Goals

UNDP supports the government to achieve the MDGs through needs and evidence-based planning, implementation and monitoring. UNDP promotes equity, social inclusion, women's empowerment, and respect for human rights as necessary pre-conditions for poverty reduction. UNDP – in close collaboration with implementing agency United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) – aims to build an inclusive financial sector in Papua New Guinea through the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP), so that all Papua New Guineans have access to a diverse range of affordable financial services and financial literacy.more

Photo credit: UNCDF

Women receiving financing literacy trainingmore

Projects and Initiatives

  • Building an Inclusive Financial Sector in Papua New Guinea

    UNDP, working through UNCDF’s Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme, supports the Bank of Papua New Guinea in the development of an inclusive financial sector by providing technical advice and assistance to public and private stakeholders as well as performance-based grants to private sector financial service providers.more 

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Our Stories

UNDP's Work on MDG in PNG

Preparation of the national MDGs progress reports and other reports on MDGs needed by the government: National MDG Progress reports were prepared in 2004, 2009 andMORE 

Hanuabada Village, National Capital District of Port Moresby
Promoting Human Development in Papua New Guinea

Mr. Wilson Gusamo, Senior MDGs and Population Officer and Ms. Christine Aisoli, Population Project Manager, along with Ms. Clara Momoi, Mr. Killian Sesega, Mr. Wesley GumembiMORE 

Rice being weighed prior to sale in Arabam village. ©Nick, Turner/UNDP (PNG)
A medicinal plant and other crops provide a new income for the people of Baining

East New Britain, August, 2017 - When you live on a remote island in the Pacific, trying to make a living from gardening or subsistence farmingMORE 

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