Poverty reduction

Developing capacities for "pro-poor growth"


With the goal of promoting mutual learning and understanding on pro-poor growth among donors and partner countries, we work with a range of training partners to contribute to a series of learning events designed to encourage participants to analyse and discuss practical policy measures that support the engagement of poor women and men in economic growth.


Designed for hands-on practitioners - donor and government staff, the private sector and civil society - the courses are structured around core content on pro-poor growth but also contain modules specifically tailored to each individual country. In each course the goal is to provide practical experience and “how-to” suggestions that participants can use in their day-to-day work. Each event encourages participants to share their lessons and professional insights on:

  • identifying general and country-specific factors that determine whether and to what extent economic growth contributes to poverty reduction and what kind of economic structure is likely to be pro-poor in a developing country context.
  • designing national economic and sectoral policies to ensure that economic growth involves and benefits the poor
  • exploring practical policy instruments that governments can use in national and sectoral development strategies to promote pro-poor growth
  • outlining donor efforts that support and engage in analysis and policy formulation processes at country level to develop national capacities for achieving poverty reduction through pro-poor growth  

GIZ Eschborn acts as the lead agency on behalf of the Train4Dev Joint Donors’ Competence Development Network and POVNET, and has contracted the Overseas Development Institute and ITAD to develop the course design and course materials as well as to act as the training provider. After pilot learning events in Tanzania in October 2009 and in Benin in November 2010, the programme is now being rolled out with the next courses being planned for Nepal and Nicaragua.


Briefing notes

Introducing Pro-Poor Growth

The Political Economy of Pro-Poor Growth

The Big Picture: the role of macro-economic policies in the pro-poor growth story

Agriculture and Pro-Poor Growth

Trade and Pro-Poor Growth

Linking People to Markets, Goods and Services: The Role of Infrastructure in Pro-Poor Growth

Prosperity For All: Private Sector Development and Pro-Poor Growth


Policy instrument notes

Farm Input Subsidies

Increasing revenue collection without damaging the livelihoods of the poor

Public works programmes and social protection

Policy for marginal farmers with few assets

Liberalisation of export–oriented commodity markets and the poor

Labour-based approaches to infrastructure building and maintenance

Increasing investment in smallholder farming

The political economy challenge of decentralisation


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