Event: Growth from below: tackling poverty from the bottom up

In order to meet SDG 8 and secure ‘decent work and sustainable economic growth for all’, governments and their development partners will need to achieve the right balance between promoting ‘growth from below’ (GfB) and ‘growth from above’ (GfA).

Policy measures to tighten labour markets will need to be coupled with more strategic efforts to empower women, support asset development and productivity in agriculture and support migration and remittance, to facilitate sustained escapes from poverty.

Using the key findings of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network’s forthcoming Chronic Poverty Report on Growth, this high-level side event at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) discusses the concept of ‘growth from below’ and its policy implications for sustained poverty reduction in the context of the 2030 Agenda.


  • Dr Andrew Shepherd, Director of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network and lead writer of the Chronic Poverty Report on Growth.

  • Prof Germano Mwabu, Professor of Economics, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Margaret Kakande, Head of Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit (BMAU), Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda.

  • Dr Mama Keita, Chief of the Economic Diversification policy and reforms Section, Sub-regional Office for Central Africa|UN Economic Commission for Africa

  • Honourable Prof. Dr. Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, National Development Planning Agency, Jakarta

  • Ms Marie Ottosson, Deputy Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

  • Alexandra Lamont, Deputy Director, Economic Growth and International Financial Institutions, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Time and Place

Monday 15th July, from 9 to 10:30 am.


Japan Society, 47th St, NY 10017


The event will be live streamed on ODI website. To register for the event online or in person, please follow this link.

Download the concept note here

Download the draft agenda here