Inclusive Growth and Development
Through the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals the world is addressing the many dimensions of human development, including reducing global poverty by half before 2015. Developing countries are working to create their own national poverty eradication strategies based on local needs and priorities. UNDP advocates for these nationally-owned solutions and helps to make them effective through ensuring a strengthened voice for people living in poverty, expanding access to productive assets and economic opportunities, and linking poverty programmes with countries' international economic and financial policies. At the same time, UNDP contributes to efforts at trade reform, debt relief and investment arrangements to in a better way be able to support national poverty reduction and make globalization work for all.
UNDP’s core services to support national efforts to reduce poverty and inequities involve:
(1) Policy advice and technical support;
(2) Strengthening capacity of institutions and individuals;
(3) Advocacy, communications, and public information;
(4) Promoting and brokering dialogue; and
(5) Knowledge networking and sharing of good practices.
UNDP's Support for Poverty Reduction in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iran, though being rich in human and natural resources, is confronted with relatively high levels of inequality and relatively high income poverty. Despite efforts in pushing for economic development, with economic growth of about 3.5% the country is still confronted by purchasing power problems for a large numbers of its people. Social policy has fared better, and Iran is relatively advanced in health and education. The 3.5% real growth rate will support the reduction of income poverty. However to ensure equity and long term sustainability more integrated economic and social policies will be needed.
In the past, UNDP also provided a range of services to the Government and civil society organizations both in order to support their efforts in reducing poverty and also in monitoring the progress made towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. The strategies used in the design, management and monitoring of poverty reduction strategies follows the principles of participation, ownership and national leadership.
As part of the new Country Programme, 2012 - 2016, UNDP will contribute to initiatives that will: (a) support the development of macro-planning models, monitoring and evaluation systems and coordination mechanisms to ensure high-quality job- rich “inclusive growth” patterns; and (b) improve national and subnational institutional capacity for formulating socio-economic policies and social protection models. The achievement of MDGs 3, 6 and 7 will have a direct impact on poverty, so that part of the focus will be on the most at-risk groups, including women, youth and those suffering from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Poverty reduction initiatives will be linked with environment projects to reach out to the rural and urban poor, supporting their income generation with sustainable livelihoods. At end of the programme cycle, UNDP will help the country’s efforts in further advancing an inclusive growth planning and management framework and model for the national development planning system -- which will contribute to a fully integrated, outcome-based development of national planning capacity.
For further information on UNDP’s support for the achievement of the MDGs in Iran, please contact:
Mohammad Ali Farzin
Programme Specialist / Head of Inclusive Growth and Development Cluster
UNDP Iran/ Programme
Tel: (+98) 21 2286 0691-4, Ext : 409
Fax: (+98) 21 2286 9547