6 Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty

Where we are

  An old man going through the sack of grain

Today more people live in extreme poverty than ten years ago

Around one fifth of the population is estimated to be extremely poor, with less than € 0.94/day per consumption for basic nutritional needs. About 30% of the population – two out of six Kosovars – is considered to be poor. This Poverty is more prevalent in rural areas and especially among minority groups.

Where does Kosovo stand

Children also fall under the most vulnerable demographic groups in Kosovo; around 15.5% of them face stunting (hindrance in growth) and inadequate nutrition; around 15.7% children of school age and 23% of pregnant women are tested with mild anemia. Today more people live in extreme poverty than ten years ago.
The biggest challenge for Kosovo will be to bring this part of population out of destitution. The unemployment rate continues to be the highest in Europe (around 44% in 2011) and women and minorities are excluded from the labor market (due to a discrimination and marginalization phenomena). In the meantime, Kosovo’s capacity to generate jobs remains limited; employment level has shown very slight positive progress. However, the economy of Kosovo faces difficulties to accommodate the large number of people coming into the labor force each year (28% of youth arriving on labor market is unemployed, 2011). A full and productive employment and decent work for all will be determinant in order to reduce and eradicate poverty.

UNDP's work in Kosovo

  • Supporting Improvement of Social Assistance Scheme

    Parliamentary Committee on Health, Labor and Social Welfare supported by UNDP - Parliamentary Development for Social Policies Project and UNICEF, organized a workshop and gathered relevant stakeholders form Government and Civil society organizations, in order to discuss the Social Assistance Scheme in Kosovo.more

Targets for MDG1
  1. Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than a dollar a day
    • Proportion of population below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Poverty gap ratio
    • Share of poorest quintile in national consumption
  2. Achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all, including women and young people
    • Growth rate of GDP per person employed
    • Employment-to-population ratio
    • Proportion of employed people living below $1 (PPP) per day
    • Proportion of own-account and contributing family workers in total employment
  3. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
    • Prevalence of underweight children under-five years of age
    • Proportion of population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption