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

  • Simon Maxwell


    (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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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:21:y:2003:i:1:p:5-25
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