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Social Outlook for Asia and the Pacific

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This publication points out that to reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific, countries need to step up their investment in people, in particular on social protection, education and health care. To be effective, existing social development policies need to reach the furthest behind. This requires policymakers to identify the country-specific population groups that are disproportionally poor and deprived as well as the specific barriers that hinder their escape from poverty. Recognizing the centrality of addressing poverty in all its manifestations, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

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Increased social spending will accelerate poverty reduction

Beyond the indisputable need for more effective investment in the social sector, discussed later in this report, this chapter shows that, all else being equal, higher levels of social spending could accelerate poverty reduction efforts in the Asia-Pacific region.

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