Working with local governments
and civil society
Governments have major responsibilities, namely to develop conditions
that make it easier for the poor to reduce their own poverty.
To be effective, government (and especially local government)
needs to forge partnerships with civil society, comprising a secondary
set of clients, - non-governmental (NGOs) and community based
organizations (CBOs) - working with the poor.
Governments can do this by:
- Supporting the creation of (self-)
employment in the formal and informal sectors;
- Facilitating access to assets (such
as land and knowledge) and essential services (such as water
supply, credit, markets, information);
- Involving the poor in decision-making
that affects their lives and livelihoods, giving them a voice
and listening to them.
Local governments in urban and rural areas are recognized as
the main clients of the Poverty Reduction Section, because of
their critical position in communities, having direct influence
on the conditions that allow the poor to reduce poverty.
The Poverty Reduction Section collaborates with several UN partners,
including UN-HABITAT, UNDP, UN-DESA, FAO, and UNITAR. For a list
of ongoing activities being undertaken jointly with other UN agencies.
Local level activities are generally carried out through local
counterpart NGOs, such as the Asian Coalition on Housing Rights
(Thailand) and Environment and Development in Action (ENDA) (Viet