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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Local solutions for tackling poverty in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Viet Nam

This chapter brings together stories from Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Viet Nam relating approaches, ideas and policies that have had measurable impact on reducing poverty. Numerous themes emerge: participatory processes are a powerful force for development (Dominican Republic and Viet Nam); adding value to farmers’ production pays dividends – in the form of jobs and income – across rural communities (Dominican Republic, Uganda and Viet Nam); egalitarian social protection policies can help reduce poverty and ensure a minimum standard of living for all (Sri Lanka); and getting the incentives right can protect nature and biodiversity, mitigate climate change, and at the same time promote rural development and alleviate poverty (Costa Rica).

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