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Making Democracy Work for Pro-poor Development

Report of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy

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This report focuses on how to make democracy work for pro-poor development and on development policies that in themselves uphold and promote democratic values. It argues that development and democracy are not only goals in their own right, but must also be mutually reinforcing. It says that governments, the private sector, civil society and the international community all have a vital role to play in delivering development and democracy, and calls for responsibility, partnership and concrete actions.



The report contains recommendations for action at both national and international levels. It is of interest to policy-makers, multilateral and bilateral agencies, the private sector, civil society organisations and all those committed to development, democracy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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A New Approach to Development and Democracy

As the Commonwealth enters the twenty-first century, progress towards both democracy and development is under threat. Terrorism and the spread of international organised crime have created new obstacles to the pursuit of these goals. During the past decade there have been over 50 major internal armed conflicts, many of which have spread beyond national borders to create regional instability.

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