Development Co-operation Directorate

Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty



The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) is the key annual reference document for analysis and statistics on trends in international development co-operation. This year, the DCR explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to end poverty. 

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) galvanised political support for poverty reduction. The world has probably already met the MDG target of halving the share of the population living in extreme poverty (USD 1.25 per day). Yet progress towards the MDGs across countries, localities, population groups and gender has been uneven, reflecting a fundamental weakness in current approaches. As the United Nations and its partners shape a new global framework to take the place of the MDGs in 2015 , they face the urgent challenge of ending poverty once and for all. As this Development Co-operation Report (DCR) makes clear, this will take more than business as usual.

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On 5 December, the OECD launched the DCR. To coincide with this, Intelligence Squared hosted a panel of experts - Sabina Alkire, Jamie Drummond, Homi Kharas, Priyanthi Fernando and Erik Solheim - to discuss the key issues that the report raises.

For more information about to view a full video of the event, visit the Intelligence Squared event page.‌



Video summary

Publication Highlights


(Also available in French)

Content by chapter

Angel Gurría (OECD Secretary-General)

Editorial: We can, and must, end poverty
     Erik Solheim (Development Assistance Committee Chair)

Part I. Defining and measuring poverty

Chapter 1. What will it take to end extreme poverty?
     Andy Sumner (King’s College London, UK)

Chapter 2. Is it time for a new international poverty measure?
Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen, Germany)

Chapter 3. How to measure the many dimensions of poverty?
     Sabina Alkire (Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative [OPHI], UK)

Chapter 4. How do we get to zero – and stay there?
     Andrew Shepherd (Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, Overseas Development Institute, London, UK)

Chapter 5. Local solutions for measuring poverty in Bangladesh, Guatemala, Indonesia, Mexico and Uganda

- Local solution 1. Mexico measures the many facets of poverty
       Gonzalo Hernández Licona (National Council for the Evaluation of Social Policy [CONEVAL], Mexico)

- Local solution 2. Indonesia applies global goals to local target
        Kuntoro Mangkusubroto (Presidential Working Unit for Supervision and Management of Development, Indonesia)

- Local solution 3. An index tells stories about women’s empowerment


Part II. Policies that tackle poverty

Chapter 6. How are countries using social protection to benefit the poor?
     Michael Samson (Director of Research, Economic Policy Research Institute, Cape Town, South Africa)

Chapter 7. What are the politics of poverty?
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (President of Brazil 2003-11)

Chapter 8. What can Africa learn from China’s agricultural miracle? 
Li Xiaoyun (Research Center for International Development, China Agricultural University, Beijing) 

Chapter 9. What works on the ground to end poverty ?

     Meera Tiwari (School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London, UK)

Chapter 10. Local solutions for tackling poverty in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Viet Nam

- Local solution 1. Costa Rica protects global public goods while improving livelihoods
        Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Conservation International; former Minister of the Environment and Energy, Costa Rica)

- Local solution 2. The Dominican Republic invests in trust, leadership and empowerment
        Giovanni Camilleri (Articulating Territorial and Thematic Networks for Human Development [ART] Initiative, UNDP

- Local solution 3. Sri Lanka tackles poverty through equality
        Priyanthi Fernando (Centre for Poverty Analysis, Colombo, Sri Lanka

- Local solution 4. Uganda produces “Good African” coffee
        Andrew Rugasira (Good African, Uganda)

- Local Solution 5. Viet Nam involves people to reduce poverty
        Le Viet Thai (Central Institute for Economic Management, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Viet Nam)

- Local solution 6. Land tenure and productivity reforms drive economic growth in Viet Nam
        Dang Kim Son (Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Development [IPSARD], Viet Nam)


Part III. New directions for ending poverty

Chapter 11. The United Nations High-Level Panel’s vision for ending poverty
     Homi Kharas and Nicole Rippin (Secretariat of the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda)

Chapter 12. Delivering the vision of the Millennium Declaration
     Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (New School University, New York)

Chapter 13. Accelerating poverty reduction through global public goods
     Inge Kaul (Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, Germany)

Chapter 14. Making international development co-operation “smart” enough to end poverty
Jon Lomøy (Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, Paris)

Chapter 15: Sustaining the global momentum to end poverty
     Dirk Dijkerman and Hildegard Lingnau (Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, Paris)

Chapter 16.  Global approaches for building gender equality, empowerment, capacity and peace

- Global approach 1. Making the link between gender equality and poverty eradication
        Caren Grown (US Agency for International Development, Washington DC)

- Global approach 2. Flying blind? The role of statistics in development policy making
        Eric Bensel (PARIS21, OECD, Paris)

- Global approach 3. South-South co-operation to eradicate poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean
        Jorge Daccarett (Chilean International Cooperation Agency [AGCI], Chile)

- Global approach 4. Fragile states as the final frontier for poverty eradication
        Governance for Development and Peace (G4DP) (Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD, Paris)

- Global approach 5. Ending poverty is about the politics of power
        Duncan Green, Oxfam GB, Oxford, UK


Part IV. Profiles of development co-operation providers

Development Assistance Committee members' ODA performance in 2012

Notes on DAC members

Australia Finland Japan Spain
Austria France Korea Sweden
Belgium Germany Luxembourg Switzerland
Canada Greece Netherlands United Kingdom
Czech Republic Iceland New Zealand United States
Denmark Ireland Norway  
European Union Institutions Italy Portugal  

OECD DAC peer reviews

Notes on other OECD providers of development co-operation

Notes on non-OECD providers of development co-operation

Statistical annex


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