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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Enhancing Women's Market Access and Promoting Pro-poor Growth

The majority of workers in the developing world cluster in small and medium-sized enterprises in the private sector. They may be own-account workers in services or agriculture, or employees in small and medium-sized firms in manufacturing. Some of these enterprises are informal and unregistered, others are fully integrated into the national tax base, reporting income and expenditures and complying with laws and regulations that govern hiring, firing, production and sales. Whatever their status as enterprises, these economic activities are critical for workers and owners alike.

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