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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Assessing the Effects of Infrastructure on Pro-poor Growth

The OECD is actively engaged in promoting donor harmonisation. Thus the InfraPoor Task Team recommends that donors promote the development of management information systems, ex ante impact assessments, monitoring systems and the like for each infrastructure sector. Good data and indicators and robust assessment and monitoring are crucial to effective implementation of the guiding principles. Ex ante assessments help design projects that promote pro – poor growth, monitoring is vital to verifying that planned improvements are on course and to correcting design flaws, and evaluation informs future designs and ensures accountability to investors and stakeholders. The current situation is far from perfect: different methods and instruments are used to conduct similar tasks. Donors make multiple demands on partner countries. Finally, there is insufficient capacity to manage data and undertake analysis. This chapter offers guidance on overcoming these weaknesses.

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