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What we need to know about the body of evidence on poverty reduction

CDS-WBI discussion

Donor governments, international NGOs and agencies have witnessed an increasing flurry of activity in departments that are dealing with programme delivery in recent years. The search is on for finding the most effective programmes that will reduce poverty within a generation (with the World Bank and the IMF setting out an ambitious objective of reducing those who live in extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030). In some departments this search has been translated into searching for the greatest value for money (VfM) programme in a domestic and organisational environment that was asking for more accountability for domestic tax-payers. In other organisations, the focus has been on the need to be more effective in achieving the moral imperative of reducing poverty by using political networks and social movements more effectively (and these matters were raised by Duncan Green in his blog From Power to Poverty since the start of 2013).

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