Inclusive Development

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How to Build Open Information Societies

This book was prepared by UNDP’s Regional Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia, within the regional Democratic Governance framework, in close cooperation with UNDP field offices in 19 countries that generously shared their experience and knowledge in using information and communication technology for more

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Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals

This primer is based on the views and experiences of development practitioners on linking human rights and the Millennium Development Goals in their work. It provides basic guidance on how to make the link and explores the key questions that practitioners will face in doing so. more

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Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries

This report revisits the theoretical concepts of inequalities including their measurements, analyzes their global trends, presents the policy makers’ perception of inequalities in 15 countries and identifies various policy options in combating this major development challenge of our more

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IMD Handbook

The Inclusive Markets Development (IMD) approach recognizes that different interventions are required at different places and times in order to ensure that markets function more effectively for the poor. This may include entrepreneurship promotion, enterprise development and creation of supportive more

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Initiatives on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

As part of UNDP's Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launched in 2007, this booklet illustrates case studies from legal empowerment projects in several countries. more

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Investing in Development: The MDGs, Aid, and Sustainable Capital Accumulation

This discussion paper argues that Millennium Development Goals financing should be designed to foster sustainable national capital accumulation processes.The success of any strategy or “business plan” to achieve the MDGs requires key changes in current practices of policy design and more

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Lessons from the South African Electricity Crisis

South Africa is suffering an electricity crisis. Blackouts have been widespread and the impact disastrous. Electricity supply is predicted to constrain growth for at least the next five years. How could this have occurred when until recently South Africa had a surplus of cheap electricity? more

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Macroeconomic Policies for Poverty Reduction: Syria

 This study aims to prescribe policies that attempt to "solve" as much of the poverty problem as possible on the economic side of the equation while using social policies in a complementary way to reinforce the impact of economic policies. more

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Mainstreaming Human Rights in Development Policies and Programming: UNDP Experiences

UNDP's work is based on the belief that people experience poverty not only as a lack of income but also as a lack of education or health care or as a lack of dignity and participation in a community. These dimensions of people's lives are considered so important that governments all around the more

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Making Fiscal Policy Work for the Poor

 This paper is a synthesis of the fiscal policy chapters of a series of country reports carried out by the UNDP as part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Programme on Macroeconomics of Poverty Reduction. It focuses on the fiscal policy chapters of the reports and treats other topics in as far as more

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Making Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Infrastructure growth and services can play a critical role in economic growth and poverty reduction while human security. Moreover, infrastructure development and services assume a special role in the post-conflict transitional at stages of conflict-ridden countries. Yet the links between more

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Making Sense of MDG Costing

Since technical experts seldom agree on the path towards the MDGs, and no existing method yields accurate cost estimates, it is best to approach MDG costing through a participatory political process, driven by targets. This paper proposes three practical steps for aligning the PRSP and the MTEF more

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Malawi Case Study: Social Protection Measures and Labour Markets

This case study responds to a recognized need to improve our understanding on how social and economic policies can be integrated to simultaneously improve social welfare, employment outcomes and inclusive growth. It describes and analyses the impact that pro-poor programmes and social more

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Monetary Policy and Financial Sector Reform in Ghana

This Country Study summarizes the findings and recommendations of a UNDP-supported study on the linkages among central bank policy, the financial structure, and employment outcomes of Ghana. more

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Output-Based Contracts in Small-Town Water Supply in Uganda: Challenges and Opportunities

This report presents findings from a review of the role of the domestic private sector in the delivery of urban water in Uganda.  Since the introduction of the output-based aid (OBA) scheme in 2008, some towns have seen a relatively rapid increase in the number of connections, while using less more

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Plenty of Room? Fiscal Space in a Resource Abundant Economy

 The typical problems faced by developing economies in financing the fight against poverty should, in the very least, be severely attenuated in mineral rich economies. The problem of these economies, a skeptic may dispute, is not finding more resources: it is using them more efficiently. more

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Policy Options for Financing Human Development: Fiscal Space

To finance MDGs, developing countries need significant resources – external and domestic. The conventional approaches that look only at the trade-off between fiscal expansion and prudent economic management need to be reconsidered. This book proposes a new conceptual framework that also considers more

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Poverty Reduction and Human Rights

The scope of thinking about concepts and content of development and the definition of poverty is steadily moving towards a human rights-based vision. Individual entitlements, capabilities, freedoms and rights are emphasized more than ever before. more

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Poverty Thematic Trust Fund 2011 Annual Report

The Poverty Thematic Trust Fund (PTTF) has been a catalytic support to country, regional and global projects for poverty reduction for over a decade. During the past two years, the PTTF has funded 28 country projects, six regional initiatives and global policy advisory services.   This report more

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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