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? The DAC Network on Poverty Reduction (POVNET) has been exploring and addressing issues related to pro-poor growth, particularly in the key areas of private sector development, agriculture and infrastructure.
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.