pro-poor development

Definition

The pursuit of pro-poor growth – sometimes called ‘shared’ or ‘inclusive’ growth – has been central to development thinking and practice in the 2000s. It reflects two concerns that emerged in the 1990s: one, that rates of growth in developing countries had to increase if they were ever to narrow the gap with the industrialised countries; and two, that poverty had to be reduced – a goal given concrete expression in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The pursuit of pro-poor growth ? sometimes called ?shared? or ?inclusive? growth ? has been central to development thinking and practice in the 2000s. It reflects two concerns that emerged in the 1990s: one, that rates of growth in developing countries had to increase if they were ever to narrow the gap with the industrialised countries; and two, that poverty had to be reduced ? a goal given concrete expression in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).