Poverty Reduction

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Making Globalization Work for the Least Developed Countries

This paper analyses how LDCs are affected by the current process of globalization, and considers what policies such countries and the international community can implement to increase the share of benefits they receive in this process, while minimizing the costs and risks they bear. more


Putting a Human Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Reduction into Practice

This report documents field experience from a UNDP pilot project and outlines the key principles of the approach: universality, non-discrimination, attention to vulnerable groups, participation, empowerment, transparency and accountability, and indivisibility and interdependence of rights. more


Supporting Capacities for Integrated Local Development

This Practice Note aims to provide a concise overview of the capacity challenges involved in local development and potential ways to address them. The Note provides a point of reference for discerning where capacity development investments and efforts could be focused, rather than set solutions or more


Vanuatu Diagnostic Trade Integration Study

Vanuatu is scheduled to graduate from Least Developed Country (LDC) status in coming years. Yet risks remain, including the possibility of overheating as aid inflows increase and the public sector wage bill rises relative to overall recurrent government expenditure. more


Fiscal Space for What?

This paper proposes a framework and policy instruments to secure fiscal space for financing a national development strategy. For many developed countries, fiscal policy means managing structural shocks and increasing access to key public goods. For most low-income countries, significant and more


Gender and Indicators

What does a world without gender inequality look like? Realising this vision requires inspiring and mobilising social change. Gender-sensitive indicators and other measurements of change are critical for building the case for taking gender (in)equality seriously, for enabling better planning and more


Debating the Provision of Basic Utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Despite the World Bank’s ample support for privatisation and exaggerated promises for privatisation’s performance, it has performed miserably in sub-Saharan Africa. Is it time to rethink supporting the private sector in this region? more


Operationalizing Human Rights-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction

 This is an interim report on the UNDP pilot project "Operationalizing Human Rights Approaches to Poverty Reduction.” It outlines the key principles of the Approach: universality, non-discrimination, and attention to vulnerable groups; participation,empowerment, transparency and more


Privatising Basic Utilities in Africa: A Rejoinder

In this IPC Policy Research brief, John Nellis argues that th ease of improving the performance of state-owned firms has been overestimated, while the amount of investment capital required in African water and electricity sectors has been underestimated. more


Debt Sustainability in HIPC and other Critically Indebted Developing Countries

The fourth in a series of discussion papers on MDGs and debt sustainability, this paper reviews the evidence of the HIPC initiative. Despite significant levels of debt relief through this initiative, in 11 out of 13 countries, debt ratios have deteriorated. The paper makes proposals to enhance the more

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