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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? 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.

Key Policy Messages

(Via PovertyNet)


Submitted by Hasan Jafri on
Technology Matters The above are great parameters. I'm a Seattleite (and a technology advocate) and I would add some mention of affordable technology as a driver for pro-poor growth. While it has been shown that runaway double digit growth can have beneficial as well as disastrous effects for disenfranchised groups, the prospects of technology -- specifically digital technology -- as a growth driver and leveler of playing fields is as yet untested. For instance, some 75% of the world's population has never sent a message from a mobile phone. Fortuitously, affordable technology is here, as demonstrated by MIT's hundred dollar laptop. It would behoove poverty eradication advocates to add tech strategies to their economic development and poverty eradication models.

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