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First Goal: No Poverty

First Goal:  No Poverty




Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.
Responsible Entities to Achieve the Goal and Monitor Achievement Levels:
Learn more about ‘No Poverty ’ as one of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Policies and Strategies Supporting the First Goal

Social Assistance

The social assistance includes the financial aid provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development  (MLSD)since 1972 to a selected range of people having difficulties in their livelihood, proved through social research.  This includes widows, divorced, abandoned children, elderly, a family of an imprisoned person, incapacitated or disabled individuals, and orphans.

The kingdom of Bahrain issued Law No. (18) of 2006 on social security that resulted in the establishment of a special fund for social security. Work is being done to invest the proceeds of the social security fund in constructing new commercial complexes that allocate their profits to the Social Security Fund to support needy families.  The purpose is to raise the standard of living of citizens and to meet the needs of people in each category by contributing appropriate income, narrowing the differences between the groups of society and achieves social justice desired among all levels of society.

National Plan for the Development of society

The national plan for the development of society aims to raise the standard of living of families, and to enhance self-reliance and financial independence. The Ministry of Labour and Social Development  has developed a number of projects and programmes to support the aim of the national plan. MLSD has previously used the World Bank's experiences in developing and structuring a social safety net, developing social assistance systems and implementing a programme based on two important elements: The first aims to develop standards that define the minimum living requirements in the Kingdom of Bahrain, based on the results of the survey carried out by the Information & eGovernment Authority , which was the cornerstone for the development of government policies towards targeting and developing the most venerable groups at the time. The second aims to consider ways to promote income-generating activities for families and to enhance living conditions in the areas where these families live. 

Page Last Updated: 17 Nov, 2020