Tackling chronic poverty: The policy implications of research on chronic poverty and poverty dynamics

The first decade of the 21st century has illustrated the power of economic growth (especially in China) and human development to bring large numbers out of poverty. But a large number of people
remain abjectly poor, among them almost half a billion people who are poor over long periods of time, their entire lives, and who may pass poverty to their children. The essential argument advanced in this report is that if these people are to escape poverty beyond 2015, they require additional policies and political commitment, underpinned by greater understanding and analysis, compared to what is currently practiced at global and national levels. 

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Social protection transfers for chronically poor people

Social protection policies aim to address both  severe  and  long-term  poverty,  and to  reduce vulnerability,  and  are  thus  one of the most significant areas of policy for chronically and severely poor people. good social protection addresses both factors that push people into poverty and those which keep them there. It can help both poor people and countries move out of ‘low equilibrium poverty traps’, where they are producing low-value added products with limited returns.

Author: Rachel Marcus

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