United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

More than two-thirds of the world’s poor people live in the Asian and Pacific region.

UNESCAP, through a blend of research and operational activities, analyses, tests, documents and disseminates good and innovative policies and practices in poverty reduction and shares that knowledge and advice with its members.

UNESCAP provides practical assistance in adapting and replicating proven good practices and programmes in poverty reduction that target the most vulnerable groups in society, including women.

The World Bank Grants

The World Bank Group offers a limited number of grants to facilitate development projects. The grants are designed to encourage innovation, co-operation between organizations and to increase the participation in projects of local stakeholders.

The grants are either funded directly or managed through partnerships. Listed below are the range of mechanisms through which the Bank distributes grants.

Among the grants offered are:

1. Development Marketplace
Early stage seed funding is provided to entrepreneurs with poverty fighting ideas to promote their development projects. Entrepreneurs are linked with partners that have the resources to help them implement their proposals.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA): Schemes Offered

JICA uses an array of development assistance schemes to meet the diverse needs of developing countries around the world.

Among the available schemes offered that are related to poverty alleviation are:


Grant aid is a form of ODA involving the provision of funds to the governments of developing countries without the obligation of repayment. The aim is to cooperate with economic and social development by helping the government of the recipient country to introduce and upgrade its facilities and equipment. The main categories of grant aid are:

Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Bank's Enhanced Proverty Reduction Strategy (EPRS) comprises three pillars:

1. Pro-poor sustainable economic growth means that environmentally sound, consistent economic growth can benefit the poor, with prudent macroeconomic management and projects that increase employment, boost productivity, target the poor, raise incomes, and promote regional economic cooperation.

2. Inclusive social development involves increasing human capacity and capability, implementing sound population policies, building social capital, ensuring gender equality, and applying social protection.


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