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Promoting Pro-Poor Growth

Policy Guidance for Donors

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For aid donors, the pro-poor growth agenda is not business as usual and more of the same will not be sufficient. Focusing on pro-poor growth and income poverty, Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Policy Guidance for Donors identifies binding constraints and offers policies and strategies to address them. Policy recommendations aim to help change donor behaviour and pave the way for more effective development co-operation in these areas. This compendium pays special attention to the role of private sector development, agriculture and infrastructure in pro-poor growth – areas that were neglected by many donors during the 1990s but are currently receiving renewed attention in the international development agenda. It also presents a methodology for conducting ex-ante poverty impact assessment, a valuable tool for those whose aim is to maximise the poverty reducing impacts of development interventions.

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Applying the Guiding Principles in Countries with Special Needs

Although these guiding principles have the same goals everywhere, they will need to be adapted to specific conditions in partner countries. This chapter explains how the principles should be applied in the most fragile low-income countries, including those suffering or emerging from conflicts or disasters, and in middle-income countries with deep pockets of poverty. It also addresses the role of regional and cross-border infrastructure, which is especially important for landlocked countries.

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