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

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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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  • Simon Maxwell, 2003. "Heaven or Hubris: Reflections on the New 'New Poverty Agenda'," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 21(1), pages 5-25, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:21:y:2003:i:1:p:5-25
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    1. 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, January.
    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.
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    4. Kohnert, Dirk, 2005. "African Monetary Unions - Dominated by the North? On the Relevance of Rational Economic Reasoning Under African Conditions," MPRA Paper 82083, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. 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.
    6. Clemens, Michael A. & Kenny, Charles J. & Moss, Todd J., 2007. "The Trouble with the MDGs: Confronting Expectations of Aid and Development Success," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 735-751, May.
    7. Susan Parnell & Edgar Pieterse, 2010. "The 'Right to the City': Institutional Imperatives of a Developmental State," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(1), pages 146-162, March.

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