The aim of this commitment is to document the productivity of low-income people--how hard they work, how much value they create, and the close relationships of their economic activities to the formal economic system. This research then will be used to design and implement inclusive economic development strategies in low-income communities.
Global Urban Development will conduct the Community Productivity Project (CPP) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), under the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically the goal to 'Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger' by the year 2015. The global CPP policy initiative will be conducted in several urban low-income communities around the world over a three-year period. In each case a lead local partner will work with many other local, regional, national, and international stakeholders. New CPP data sources will help educate the world about the real economic potential represented by low-income people. Further, the CPP will use its community-based research process and indicators as the catalyst for designing and implementing inclusive economic development strategies in these same low-income communities. This initiative will help move global poverty reduction policies toward promoting equitable and environmentally sustainable prosperity, innovation, productivity, and quality of life that includes and benefits everyone.
An old adage states: 'Give a person a fish, and he or she will eat for a day. Teach a person to fish, and he or she can eat for a lifetime.' Public policies for reducing poverty reflect these two approaches, providing either subsidies or training. But what if most low-income people are 'already fishing' by working diligently to produce and distribute goods and services, yet they simply are not earning enough? If this is the real problem then it calls for comprehensive solutions based on inclusive economic development strategies with mainstream society actively supporting the efforts of low-income people to enhance their incomes, productive capabilities, and entrepreneurial opportunities. Global Urban Development, founded on the principle of 'Treating People and Communities as Assets,' initiated the Community Productivity Project (CPP) together with the United Nations at the Clinton Global Initiative.
The Community Productivity Project welcomes any additional partnerships from other companies, organizations, investors, suppliers, and volunteers, to meet its target funding needs of $6 million.