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Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growth: insights and lessons from country experiences

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Tim Besley|, Louise Cord
World Bank Publications (November 2006)

Broad-based growth is critical for accelerating poverty reduction. But income inequality also affects the pace at which growth translates into gains for the poor. Despite the attention researchers have given to the relative roles of growth and inequality in reducing poverty, little is known about how the micro underpinnings of growth strategies affect poor households' ability to participate in and profit from growth.

Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growth contributes to the debate on how to accelerate poverty reduction by providing insights from eight countries that have been relatively successful in delivering pro-poor growth: Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam. It integrates growth analytics with the microanalysis of household data to determine how country policies and conditions interact to reduce poverty and to spread the benefits of growth across different income groups. This title is a useful resource for policy makers, donor agencies, academics, think tanks and government officials seeking a practical framework to improve country level diagnostics of growth-poverty linkages.


'Delivering on the Promise of Pro-Poor Growth provides insights into the numerous channels by which growth can lead to poverty reduction. It also examines the role of country conditions and policies in increasing the impact of growth on poverty reduction. The study provides useful lessons about the successful and the less-then-successful policies in eight countries.'
Ravi Kanbur, TH Professor of World Affairs and Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

'These country studies demonstrate that, while short-run poverty reduction may result from lucky circumstances, sustained pro-poor growth requires careful economic planning and difficult policy choices.'
Gary Fields, Department of Labor Economics, Cornell University , Ithaca, New York