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Five OECS Member States, Antigua and Barbuda; the Commonwealth of Dominica; Grenada, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  have successfully launched a Multidimensional project on reducing poverty in the OECS.

The Government of Chile is funding the project top to the tune of EC$2.7 million dollars.

Addressing the launch at UN House in Barbados on April 30 2015, OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules noted that the multidimensional approaches to reduce and eradicate poverty will include a paradigm shift which gives respect and voice to the experience of the poor.

Expressing their commitment to the programme  the United Nations Development Programme UNDP re-emphasized why the move towards multidimensional approach to poverty reduction is essential, particularly given that  income was the traditional tool for measuring poverty.

The launch of the OECS/UNDP Multidimensional Approaches to Poverty Reduction follows the signing of the two year project agreement between the OECS Commission, UNDP Barbados and the Government of Chile.
Youth and civil society organisations, ministers, permanent secretaries, a delegation from the government of Chile and representatives from the OECS Commission and the UNDP  were part of the gathering at the UN House Barbados for the official launch.
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