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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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Infrastructure - Executive Summary

Reliable, efficient infrastructure is crucial to economic and social development that promotes pro-poor growth. By raising labour productivity and lowering production and transaction costs, economic infrastructure – transport, energy, information and communication technology, and drinking water, sanitation and irrigation – enhances economic activity and so contributes to growth, which is essential for poverty reduction. Thus a major goal for Development Assistance Committee (DAC) partner countries, with help from donors, is to develop sustainable infrastructure facilities and services that improve the livelihoods of poor people and enable them to participate in growth.

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