Poverty Reduction

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) comprise eight goals that emerged from the 2000 Millennium Summit of world leaders in New York. The MDGs provide a set of time-bound and measurable targets for combating poverty, hunger, illiteracy, disease, discrimination against women, and environmental degradation — an accountability framework that all countries, including Indonesia, has committed themselves to. Local problems, local knowledge, local solutions UNDP support to achieving the MDGs in Indonesia includes (1) advocating for and monitoring Indonesia’s overall progress towards the MDGs (2) support to achieve the MDGs in Papua, (3) targeted support to MDG 3 to promote gender equality and empowering women, and (4) targeted support to MDG 6 to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Our Goals

2011 marked the 11th anniversary of the Millennium Declaration, when countries around the world approved eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Although Indonesia is largely on-track to achieve many of the MDGs by the 2015 deadline, progress towards the MDGs has been uneven. Poverty (MDG 1) is a challenge in Indonesia despite impressive economic growth in recent decades. According to the Central Statistics Agency, almost 30 million people, or 12.36 percent, in Indonesia live below the national poverty line. Certain regions of Indonesia are also poorer than others; with poverty rates in regions like Papua, and West Papua more than double that of the national averagemore

Poverty Reduction Unit

UNDP aims to reduce poverty and support the empowerment of women by better integrating women’s roles and responsibilities into the development policies and programmes of regional governments.more

Our Stories

Children from the coastal village of Sarmi, Papua

Fighting Illiteracy in Indonesia’s Papua region

Seated in a circle, some children from the coastal village of Sarmi, Papua, throw betel nuts to its centre. Others weave colored ropes into shapes as they learn simple math from their teacher. more 

Seaweed Farmer in Halmahera, Maluku

An unlikely source of peace from the deep waters of Indonesia

Against an idyllic backdrop of crystal clear waters, a group of fishermen gather on a recent morning to collect seaweed in Halmahera Island, once the scene of severe sectarian violence. more 

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