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December 2006

Panos Media Toolkits on Trade and Poverty Reduction

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The London-based Panos Institute, which supports the media in stimulating debate on development issues, has produced a number of resources to support journalists, particularly in the developing countries, in covering trade and poverty reduction.


‘Who’s Richer, Who’s Poorer? A Journalist’s Guide to the Politics of Poverty Reduction’


The Smell of Poverty

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I already blogged about the latest UNDP Human Development Report on water and poverty, but I can't help mentioning it again after reading Mario Vargas Llosa’s comment on the report.


For our Spanish-speaking audience, “El olor de la pobreza” (the smell of poverty) is an excellent read. His article, peppered with literary quotes, is as poignant and tough as Vargas Llosa can get.


Promoting Pro-poor Growth: Policy Guidance for Donors

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Why has growth been more successful in reducing poverty in some countries than in others? How can poor women and men best participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth? What can donors do to promote a pattern of growth that better connects poor people to the growth process and to help deal with the risks, vulnerabilities and market failures which hold back their participation?

Muhammad Yunus' Nobel Lecture

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Muhammad Yunus gave his Nobel Lecture in Oslo yesterday.


We get what we want, or what we don't refuse. We accept the fact that we will always have poor people around us, and that poverty is part of human destiny. This is precisely why we continue to have poor people around us. If we firmly believe that poverty is unacceptable to us, and that it should not belong to a civilized society, we would have built appropriate institutions and policies to create a poverty-free world.


World Bank's Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2006

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The World Bank's Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) launched today its Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2006: Getting Results.


It assembles evidence around three questions central to poverty reduction:

  • How effectively has economic growth translated into poverty reduction in Bank-assisted countries and what factors have affected these results?