The UN and other development partners will support efforts to underwrite growth in areas where the poor earn their livelihoods (e.g. agriculture and informal businesses) and to improve the ability of people to connect up to growth poles (e.g. by improving occupational and geographic mobility and making infrastructure and markets work better for the poor). Private sector development policies also need to pay greater attention to SMEs and the informal economy, where women are heavily represented. Agriculture and rural development policies not only need to increase investment and productivity in agriculture but must also promote off-farm income and employment opportunities and provide infrastructure that facilitates access to local and regional markets.
The UNCT is targeting Improved economic and social policies and programmes to enable the creation of a climate-resilient economy in the context of the Low Carbon Development Strategy. The Members contribution to this outcome will be mediated by the following outputs:
- Regulatory capacity of government strengthened, and institutional capacity of government and CSOs improved to enable access by vulnerable groups to financial and business development services.
- Enhanced capacities of key policy and service delivery institutions to provide business development, employment, and credit services to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
- Access to protocols, institutional guidelines systems; and training programmes provided to SMEs.
- MDG reports prepared and aid coordination capacity strengthened.