UNDP works with national partners to reduce poverty and advocate for human development.
Almost 30 percent of people in the region either live in poverty or are at risk of living in poverty; and increases are expected by approximately five million people for every one percent decline in gross domestic product (GDP) (World Bank, 2009).
Some six million people in Central Asia live in poverty; and it is estimated that the number of people living in poverty in the region increased by an additional one million in 2009 (MDG Report, 2011).
Most countries in the region face rising inequalities, a large setback in social protection, an expanding informal sector, a decrease in male life expectancy, and a massive surge in migration.
The region has experienced the highest increase in socio economic inequality in the world over the last 20 years. One third of people surveyed in the region say that they are excluded - from economic life, social services and participation in society.