Poverty reduction

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Key Policy Messages and 2006 Policy Statement

 

Promoting pro-poor growth - enabling a pace and pattern of growth that enhances the ability of poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth - will be critical in achieving a sustainable trajectory out of poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

 

Promoting Pro-poor Growth: Key Policy Messages  contains recommendations to donors on how to make their support to pro-poor growth more effective. Importantly, it shows that for donors, the pro-poor growth agenda is not business as usual and more of the same will not be sufficient.

Promoting Pro-poor Growth: Key Policy Messages

  • Why has growth been more successful in reducing poverty in some countries than others?
  • How can poor women and men best participate in, and benefit from, the growth process?
  • Why is pro-poor growth important and what can donors do to promote it? 

POVNET has been exploring and addressing these issues, building on the 2001 DAC Guidelines on Poverty Reduction which showed that poverty has multiple and interlinked causes and dimensions: economic, human, political, socio-cultural, protective/security.

In its latest work, POVNET has given priority to addressing strategies and policies in areas that have been neglected but are now recognised for their contribution to pro-poor economic growth - private sector development, agriculture and infrastructure. It has built consensus on the key underpinnings of pro-poor growth and explored recent thinking on risk and vulnerability and ex ante poverty impact assessment. 

 

Key messages coming out of this POVNET work are:

  • Rapid and sustained poverty reduction requires pro-poor growth, i.e. a pace and pattern of growth that enhances the ability of poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth
  • Policies to tackle the multiple dimensions of poverty, including the cross-cutting dimensions of gender and environment, are mutually reinforcing and should go hand-in-hand
  • Empowering the poor is essential for bringing about the policies and investments needed to promote pro-poor growth and address the multiple dimensions of poverty
 

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Policy Statement (2006) (pdf, 1.09 MB)

 

 

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