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Heaven or Hubris: Reflections on the New 'New Poverty Agenda'

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  • Simon Maxwell

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    (Overseas Development Institute and Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland)

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    A new construction on poverty reduction links the Millennium Development Goals, an international consensus on how to reduce poverty, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, a new set of instruments for delivering aid, and, underpinning the others, results-based management. This new construction has undoubted strengths. There are also cross-cutting risks, that targets will oversimplify, citizenship will be neglected, trade-offs and conflicts of interest will be obscured, macro-economic policy will be neglected, social sectors will be emphasised at the expense of growth policies, and commitment to partnership will degrade into a form of covert conditionality. These risks are not immutable. A way forward is proposed, with a list of six principles and a set of Dos and Don'ts. Copyright Overseas Development Institute, 2003.

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 21 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 5-25

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    Cited by:
    1. Michael Clemens & Charles Kenny & Todd Moss, 2004. "The Trouble with the MDGs: Confronting Expectations of Aid and Development Success," Development and Comp Systems 0405011, EconWPA.
    2. Kenneth King & Pauline Rose, 2005. "International development targets and education: towards a new international compact or a new conditionality?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 17(1), pages 97-100.
    3. Simon Maxwell, 2004. "Making research on globalization work for the poor: a commentary on Adrian Wood's 'making globalization work for the poor: the 2000 White Paper reconsidered'," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(7), pages 939-941.
    4. World Bank, 2003. "Toward Country-led Development : A Multi-Partner Evaluation of the Comprehensive Development Framework--Synthesis Report," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15080, October.

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