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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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How to Support and Monitor Implementation of ex ante PIA

The integration of a new methodology into established donor procedures will clearly only take place if it is seen as providing benefits which outweigh the implied resource costs. One major advantage of this ex ante PIA is clearly that it integrates already established approaches, their terminology and procedures. Its novelty is that it merges them into one model and the results of the assessment are visualised in relatively simple matrices. This allows the possibility of sharing ex ante PIA exercises based on a common format across a number of agencies. This in turn considerably reduces the burden on partner governments having to deal with competing methods and the often conflicting demands placed on them. Harmonising ex ante PIA is clearly in line with the spirit of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

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