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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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Four Guiding Principles for Using Infrastructure to Reduce Poverty

The first principle reflects the leading role of partner country governments in establishing solid frameworks for reliable aid flows. Partner governments should develop robust approaches for planning and managing pro-poor growth and infrastructure development, expressed in coherent poverty reduction strategies and sector strategies formulated in consultation with stakeholders – including donors and poor people. Donors can support this country-led, outcome-oriented approach by helping to build capacity and by co-ordinating and harmonising their support in line with country priorities for reducing poverty.

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