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A million voices : the world we want|A sustainable future with dignity for all

UNDG MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS TASK FORCE
2013

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"This report by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) collects the perspectives on the 'world we want' from over 1 million people around the globe. For almost one year, people have engaged energetically in 88 national consultations, 11 thematic dialogues, and through the MY World global survey...The findings of this global conversation contain important messages for governments as they seek to agree on a new development agenda that can build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)"

The world development report 2012 : jobs

THE WORLD BANK
2012

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This report "takes the centrality of jobs in the development process as its starting point and challenges and re-frames how we think about work. Adopting a cross-sectorial and multi-disciplinary approach, the Report looks at why some jobs do more for development than others. The Report finds that the jobs with the greatest development payoffs are those that make cities function better, connect the economy to global markets, protect the environment, foster trust and civic engagement, or reduce poverty. Critically, these jobs are not only found in the formal sector; depending on the country context, informal jobs can also be transformational"...The Report advances a three-stage approach to help governments meet these objectives. First, policy fundamentals "including macroeconomic stability, an enabling business environment, investments in human capital, and the rule of law" are essential for both growth and job creation. Second, well-designed labour policies can help ensure that growth translates into employment opportunities, but they need to be complemented by a broader approach to job creation that looks beyond the labor market. Third, governments should strategically identify which jobs would do the most for development given their specific country context, and remove or offset the obstacles that prevent the private sector from creating more of those jobs
Note: Links are provided to full document and separate files containing the messages, overview, each chapter and statistical annex

Key principles of microfinance

CONSULTATIVE GROUP TO ASSIST THE POOR (CGAP)
2004

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This factsheet describes eleven key principles of micro finance. It is a user-friendly document that would be helpful for people interested in general information about micro finance

Information and communication technologies [Chapter 24] | A sourcebook for poverty reduction strategies

KENNY, Navas-Sabater
QIANG Qiang
2002

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This chapter explores the potential of information and communication technologies in poverty reduction. It is included in a publication written mainly for government administrators involved in implementing PRSPs. Section 2 of this chapter outlines some of the ways in which the poor are using ICTs to improve their own lives, and some of the ways in which governments can use ICTs to improve their service delivery, especially to the poorest. Section 3 discusses barriers to ICT rollout across countries, while Section 4 addresses methods for increased access, including sector reform, pro-poor regulatory policies, and universal access funds. Section 4 also discusses methods of maximizing the poverty reduction impact of government investment in ICTs

AIDS, poverty reduction and debt relief : a toolkit for mainstreaming HIV/AIDS programmes into development instruments

ADEYI, Olusoji
et al
March 2001

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This toolkit adds to the knowledge base to support analysts and decision-makers in their work to mainstream HIV/AIDS as a major item on countries' development agenda, and mobilize the resources needed to expand promising interventions and approaches in the fight against the epidemic. The toolkit offers a unifying framework for analysing HIV/AIDS in the context of PRSPs, as well as examples of how the issue has been treated in the first generation of PRSPs, interim PRSPs and debt relief agreements. It gives country officials and their partners highly relevant information that they can use in developing inputs for similar documents in their own countries. [adapted from Foreword]

Macroeconomics and health : investing in health for economic development. Report of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health

COMMISSION ON MACROECONOMICS AND HEALTH (CMH)
2001

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This report assesses the place of health in global economic development. Health is understood to be a central goal and an important outcome of development. It is also important to invest in health to promote economic development and poverty reduction. The report suggests a new strategy for investing in health for economic development in the world's poorests countries, based upon a new global partnership of developed and developing countries. Two important initiatives are required: a significant scaling up of resources spent in the health sector by poor countries and donors, and tackling non-financial obstacles, which limit capacity in poor countries to deliver health services

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