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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Sustaining the global momentum to end poverty

This chapter presents key themes discussed at the OECD’s recent Global Forum on Development. It argues that the monitoring of progress against global averages masks impressive progress in many – especially African – countries. This could be better captured by using a two-level approach: global goals and national targets. The chapter also highlights the need to consider both income and non-income dimensions of poverty, as well as a broader range of people than those falling below a defined income threshold. The chapter calls for linking poverty and inequality, integrating poverty with environmental objectives, strengthening multidimensional measures, developing statistical capacity and improving development co-operation and finance. Clear messages and measures that better reflect current understanding of poverty will help sustain global momentum as well as national efforts to end poverty in all its forms.

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