Poverty reduction


  • Stories of empowerment

    Poverty is as much about lack of power as it is about lack of money. We have compiled real-life stories told by people living in poverty about how they have empowered themselves and improved their livelihoods. These stories provide practical advice for donors on supporting empowerment through their aid programmes.

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  • Reducing poverty through empowerment

    Poor women and men need to gain and exert influence over the political, economic and social processes that determine and, all too often, constrain their livelihood opportunities. The empowerment of poor people secures their rights and drives pro-poor growth.

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  • Food Security and Nutrition

    DAC members and partner Governments are channeling increased resources into agriculture in order to help achieve food security and MDG 1 – halving hunger by 2015.

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We promote economic growth that benefits poor people, focusing on both the pace and pattern of growth.

Pro-Poor Growth

Understanding and Promoting Pro-Poor Growth

Rapid and sustained poverty reduction requires a pace and pattern of economic growth that helps poor women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from it - in short, pro-poor growth. With this as our guiding principle, we've developed key reference texts for donors on promoting economic growth that benefits poor people:

Policy Guidance for Donors (2007)

DAC Guidelines (2001)


The Role of Empowerment for Poverty Reduction

Policy Statement

To reach the Millennium Development Goals and overcome the effects of the multiple global crises, economic growth needs to have a greater impact on poverty reduction. Poor people’s empowerment secures their rights and drives pro-poor growth. This short Policy Statement on the role of Empowerment provides key messages and donor good practice.

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Developing Capacities

Learning about Pro-poor Growth and Train4Dev

To promote mutual learning and understanding on pro-poor growth among donors and partner countries, we work with a range of training partners on hands-on, tailor-made learning events that encourage practical policy measures to engage poor women and men in economic growth.

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