Following a significant decline in global poverty from 2015-2018, the impacts of the COIVD-19 pandemic pushed the poverty rate up 9.2 per cent in 2020. This was the first increase in extreme poverty since 1998 and was a major setback in achieving SDG 1. Ending global poverty by 2030 will require more than closing an income gap — it will rely on institutions and opportunities that promote equality, including access to resources, gender, employment, housing, and health.

Working to alleviate poverty has been part of the UNU agenda for four decades. Ongoing research focuses on the socio-economic drivers and consequences for households on the move to find solutions to poverty, at both ends of the migration path. The UNU economic toolbox uses sustainable benefit models to guide developing countries as they create social protection systems.

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Press Release

COVID-19 Fallout Could Push Half a Billion People into Poverty in Developing Countries

New UNU research warns that global poverty could skyrocket as a result of the economic fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic.

08 Apr 2020


Transforming informal work and livelihoods

This project will shed light on the causes of and most effective mechanisms to reduce informality, and the effects of the COVID-19 on informal work.

09 Jan 2019


Impact Assessment of the Tunisian Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Urban Development Program 'PRIQH 2'

This project will provide a socio-economic analysis of the impact of the PRIQH 2 project, which aims to improve the living conditions of urban poor.

09 Jan 2019


Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM)

This project aims to provide insights, tools, and capacity-building to aid policy makers in raising domestic revenue for sustainable public financing.

11 Dec 2019


Multifunctional Use of Agricultural Landscapes Under Climate Change Conditions

The project aims to develop strategies for a multifunctional rural landscape by considering the characteristics of a pilot area of Tanzania

13 Dec 2020


Supporting the functioning of food markets by facilitating timely access to market information

The project will leverage digital technologies to collect food and price data to monitor the actual cost of living of vulnerable groups in Mozambique.

20 Sep 2022