Alleviating poverty is an important goal of international development cooperation. But what is poverty? Poverty is a complex and multi-faceted issue. It includes a lack of income, but also insufficient access to facilities such as health services or education, as well as inadequate personal safety. The non-discriminatory recognition of these human rights makes it easier to escape poverty. In this case, "non-discriminatory" means that men and women, the old and the young, or different ethnic groups for example are given the same opportunities for development, and that disadvantaged sections of society are given particular support with respect to their skills and abilities in order to escape poverty. Functioning organisations and favourable framework conditions are indispensable in this regard.
That is why KfW Development Bank supports the establishment and development of competent partners and structures (capacity development), and reinforces its partners' own responsibilities when it comes to planning and implementing projects. The bank's projects are aimed at alleviating poverty and ensuring strict observance of human rights, and women's rights in particular.