Development Co-operation Report 2013

Ending Poverty

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The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2013 explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to reduce poverty. The world is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people whose income is less than USD 1.25 a day. Nonetheless, we are far from achieving the overarching MDG goal of eradicating extreme poverty. While we have learned much about what works in terms of reducing poverty, “getting to zero” remains a challenge in the face of the intractable difficulties of reaching those mired in extreme poverty.

The report  focuses on the very poor and will set out, in concrete terms:

• The nature and dimensions of poverty today

• What development co-operation – and the global partnerships it supports – can do in the fight against poverty

The DCR 2013 will focus on the positive experiences of countries, highlighting policies and approaches that have worked.

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Global approaches for building gender equality, empowerment, capacity and peace

This chapter brings together five approaches to issues that will need to be addressed through international co-operation if we are to end poverty by 2030. All have implications for the post-2015 framework. To start with, the agenda for promoting the status of women needs to be much more ambitious than what is envisaged in the current MDG 3 goal. Global Approach 1 proposes a twin-track approach to gender equality: a standalone goal of gender equality and women’s empowerment; coupled with the explicit demarcation of gender gaps that need to be closed in all other goals and targets. Whichever poverty goals are ultimately selected in a post-2015 framework, they will need to be measured and monitored so that all can be held accountable. To take this seriously, PARIS21 argues that a global strategy for the development of statistics should be endorsed in parallel with the post-2015 framework (Global Approach 2). As official development assistance struggles to keep up with the growing needs of the South (), Chile’s support to poorer countries in its region offers an inspirational approach for a form of co-operation that remoulds the traditional donor-recipient relationship into a productive and long-lasting partnership among Southern countries (Global Approach 3). With half the world’s poor predicted to be living in fragile low and middle-income countries by 2015, getting to grips with poverty in these complicated settings will be essential; the post-2015 global development framework must recognise peace and the reduction of violence as foundations of poverty eradication (Global Approach 4). And last but not least, Global Approach 5 reminds us that getting anywhere near to ending poverty is an inherently political process. This challenges us to see poverty in terms of power and to understand how power shifts can be influenced by development cooperation agencies, political movements or civil society organisations.

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