Report on the World Social Situation 2010

Rethinking Poverty

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The 2010 issue of the Report on the World Social Situation focuses on the challenge of achieving poverty reduction. The Millennium Development Goals seek to halve, by 2015, the level of extreme poverty that existed since 1990. The Report begins with an overview of global, regional and selected country poverty trends over the period 1981-2005, critically examines the conventional policy framework and popular poverty reduction programmes, argues that a commitment to eradicating poverty and to enhancing equity and social integration requires consistent actions directed towards sustainable economic growth, productive employment creation and social development, entailing an integrated approach to economic and social policies for the benefit of all citizens. It recommends consideration of the policy approaches that have dominated the disclosure on growth and poverty thus far.



Macroeconomic policies and poverty reduction

Poverty, in all its complex dimensions, is a condition with a social and economic context and poverty reduction (or the lack thereof) always occurs within a macroeconomic context. History shows that high rates of economic growth sustained over a period of time are necessary for poverty reduction, while the distribution of the benefits of growth determines the impact on poverty. The macroeconomic policy framework often sets the parameters for social policies by defining the policy and fiscal space for government action. The following analysis focuses on macroeconomic policies and how they influenced poverty reduction in the past.


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