Report: Empowering the Poor: Experience from UNDP supported Initiatives on Adaptation


The publication, Empowering the Poor: Experience from UNDP supported Initiatives on Adaptation, showcases the experiences and knowledge generated through the various initiatives that UNDP supports across the globe. It indicates that adaptation and poverty reduction are inherently linked and must be addressed simultaneously.

The cases in this report highlight the work UNDP is supporting to address poverty reduction and adaptation with resources from the Least Developed Country Fund, Special Climate Change Fund, the Adaptation Fund as well as bilateral sources such as the Government of Canada.

The publication features twelve case studies of national projects under implementation covering strengthening technical and functional capacities; supporting climate-resilient livelihoods, stimulating entrepreneurship, and mainstreaming adaptation and development planning.  The publication illustrates that it is possible to address poverty reduction and adaptation needs simultaneously and that in order to achieve these goals, a strong enabling environment comprising of capacity building, empowering communities, engaging the private sector and supporting the development of institutions and policies is critical.

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