Fast Facts: Poverty Reduction and Local Development
Achievements toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are often made through local actions – in villages and towns, provinces and regions. Local actors – community leaders, local government officials, civil society activists, farmers and entrepreneurs – know best what does and does not work in their communities and they should have the voice and support they need to work their way towards a better life. At the same time, local development should be embedded in the national development process.
Within many countries, some regions lag behind others because of their geography, social exclusion, conflict or natural disaster. For these regions, blanket national policies to promote development are not enough.