Fighting Poverty in Europe and Central Asia


Through 2017, the last year for which global data are available, extreme poverty reduction slowed compared with previous decades. This deceleration alone would have made it hard to reach the 2030 target of 3 percent global poverty.

Now, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has reversed the gains in global poverty for the first time in a generation. Using the $5.50/day poverty line, the World Bank estimates that an additional 6 million people may slip into poverty in the Europe and Central Asia region.

Learn more about fighting poverty in Europe and Central Asia:

How Digital Transformation is Improving Education in Georgia (Video)

How to Create More Jobs and Reduce Poverty in Uzbekistan: Focus on the Agri-Food Sector (Blog)

Ukraine – Building A New Life and Staying Safe (Feature Story)

Croatian Musicians Put Spotlight on Fight Against Poverty (Video)

Green Albania: Helping Poor People Generate Income in Remote Rural Areas (Video)

State of the Economy and Human Capital in Kazakhstan in 2020 (Online Discussion, in Russian)

Overcoming Poverty in Central Asia (Online Briefing, in Russian)

Tackling Poverty in Uzbekistan - With UNDP Uzbekistan and the Agency for Youth Affairs (Webinar, in Uzbek)

Interview with Marco Mantovanelli on the impact of COVID-19 on poverty rates and the economy in Uzbekistan (Uzreport World, via Facebook)

COVID-19 is Hitting Lives and Livelihoods, but are we Flying Blind through this Storm? (Blog)

Poverty in Tajikistan 2020 (Infographic)