Poverty Reduction

Poverty reduction is at the centre of UNDP-led development work. While economic growth is essential to human progress, it is not sufficient for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP supports Ukraine in accelerating inclusive growth to ensure equitable and broad-based sustainable human development.

Our Goals

UNDP in Ukraine helps build national capacities and provides expert advice in economic and social policy reforms. As part of global MDG advocacy efforts, the UNDP actively works to help Ukrainian partners anchor their national development strategies in the MDGs and to strengthen capacity to ensure their policies and budgets match the demands of achieving the goals. UNDP also works to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. more

Poverty reduction

UNDP's goal in Ukraine is to support the national Government in overcoming poverty, reducing inequality and improving living standards across the countrymore

Our Stories

What future we want

Better Life for Families with Children with Disabilities

Day Care Centres for children with disabilities have not existed in Ukraine before, although this practice is well-known and widespread in the world. This model wasmore 

New Jobs for People with Disabilities
Ruslan Kurylko is very enthusiastic about his new job

New Jobs for People with Disabilities

Ruslan Kurylko, 31, from the town of Boyarka near Kiyv has a disability due to birth injury. After closing his small construction business during the economicmore 

Projects and Initiatives

  • Aid For Trade Project In Ukraine

    Aid for Trade project is a part of a regional UNDP project Wider Europe: Aid for Trade for Central Asia, South Caucasus and Western CIS project funded within the framework of Finland’s Wider Europeinitiative. It builds on the experience gained during the implementation of the Phase I of the project, including the findings and recommendations of the UNDP Aid for Trade Needs Assessments for Ukraine (2011).more 

  • Mainstreaming Policies and Services for People with Disabilities in Ukraine

    The overall objective of the project is to support the Government of Ukraine and the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine in accelerating the implementation of the reforms in the social sector and achieving Ukraine’s short- and mid-term social and economic development goals.more 

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Social exclusion and inclusion and human development concepts complement each other. High levels of human development cannot be achieved when some groups and individuals are excluded socially and face barriers to their participation in economic, social, cultural and political life.

Acute social exclusion is experienced by 37.7 percent of Ukrainian households. Extremely high risks of social exclusion (2.2 times higher compared with the average and 2.5 times higher compared with families consisting solely of working-age people) exist for families with many children and pensioners. Higher education is the most important factor determining social inclusion.

Critical exclusion is experienced by 16.9 percent of households. The risk of critical exclusion is very high for families with children: 2.7 times higher than the average in the country and 2.8 times higher than for families without children. The presence of at least one unemployed person in a household results in a 1.7 times higher risk of critical exclusion than for the average and a twice higher risk than for families without unemployed people. Critical exclusion is much more present in rural areas, especially when compared with large cities.

Exclusion from economic life leads to low standards of living and limits opportunities in other areas namely, accessing high-quality education, receiving adequate health care services and participating in the cultural and social life of society. The key drivers of economic exclusion are: unemployment or low status in the labour market, and low incomes which prevents access to resources, assets and services.