Socio-Economic Development

UNDP’s work in poverty reduction and socio-economic development in general stands on its own as one of the pillars of development work in the Kyrgyz Republic, and has also been integrated into other spheres of operation. The UNDP Poverty Reduction Programme has been operating in Kyrgyzstan since 1998. The programme is implemented at both macro level (policy advice) and micro level (grassroots activities). At the macro level, the programme supports priorities set forth by the Kyrgyz Government through assistance in developing and implementing policies and strategies that support socioeconomic advancement of the poor. To this end, the programme participates in and supports analytical work to help policy makers come to informed decisions.

Our Goals

UNDP aims to complement the efforts of the government and civil society in poverty alleviation by enhancing economic opportunities for the poor (especially women), supporting income-generating activity and providing access to financial services.more

Poverty Level

Poverty level in Kyrgyzstan has fallen from 60% to 37% drastically in the last 10 years.

Our Stories

  • Aziza is giving a commencement speech to other graduates of the vocational school a year later. Credit: Kairatbek Murzakimov / UNDP

    Aziza’s small business: dreams come true…

    570 young people of Osh and Jalal-Abad provinces were trained in 12 Vocational Schools on the most demanded professions during April-July 2011. They were unemployed youthmore

Projects and Initiatives

Poverty Reduction Programme

The programme assists the government at national and local levels to create favorable conditions for vulnerable groups of people (women, youth, poor) and improve their access to resources for income generating activities (financial, employment, information). more

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Related Publications
Poverty and Environment in Kyrgyzstan

The publication explores the ties between poverty and environment in Kyrgyzstan.

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Poverty and Environment Initiative