The China-DAC Study Group was formed by the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC) and the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in 2009. It aims to facilitate the sharing of experiences and promote learning on growth and poverty reduction.
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POVNET has prepared guidance to donors on promoting pro-poor growth. The policy statement is developed in the attached document in Chinese. POVNET has produced reports on promoting the contribution of private sector development, agriculture and infrastructure to pro-poor growth.
OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría encourages all countries to meet their commitments to the world’s poorest by achieving the MDGs by 2015.
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Sustainable economic growth is central to effective, long term poverty reduction strategies. But rapid and sustained poverty reduction requires pro-poor growth – a pace and pattern of growth in which poor women and men contribute, participate and benefit.
The report invites donors to support more fully developing country’s employment objectives and to pay more attention to the employment consequences of their aid expenditures.
According to Mr. Gurría, the number working poor living with less than 2 dollars a day can increase by more than 100 million and the number of hungry people in the world can increase by another 104 million by the end of the year, making urgent the issue of the financing for development.
Members of Development Assistance Committee and Non-DAC OECD donors, the world’s major donor countries, have, at the High level meeting on 27 and 28 May 2009, adopted an Action Plan to support poor countries trying to cope with the economic and financial crisis.
The combined effect of the global credit crunch, falling international trade and investment flows, lower remittances and the effect of budgetary pressures in donor countries’ aid plans, are reversing the progress we had made in combating global poverty and are pushing more people into hunger, according to the OECD Secretary-General. Important emergency measures need to be taken to ensure that more people have access to food
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A POVNET workshop was held in Bamako to help strengthen the contribution that agriculture makes to pro-poor growth in Mali. It brought together government, farmer organisations and donors with a view to improving aid effectiveness.
Donors should honour their aid for trade pledges to developing countries despite the economic crisis, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría as he opened the OECD Policy Dialogue on Aid for Trade, held in Paris on 3 November 2008.