Economic growth and Inequality

A summary of Kenya’s budget 2017/18 from a pro-poor perspective

Poverty

Overview Kenya’s budget 2017/18 is an opportunity to address the country’s high levels of poverty and inequality. Over 45% of the country’s population live below the national poverty line,[1] and the poorest fifth of the population share only 4.8% of the country’s income.[2] Kenya also experiences inequalities at the sub-national level. In Turkana County, for […]


Counting people to make people count

Poverty

This article was originally published on the World Data Forum website As we prepare for the United Nations World Data Forum in January, it will have been over three years since the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a “data revolution for sustainable development, with a new international initiative to improve […]


Impact of falling natural resource prices on the poorest countries

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Increased supply and falling demand for energy and mineral commodities has seen prices tumble − for example, a barrel of oil that was US$110 in June 2014 is now around US$30 today. This has impacted significantly on economic growth prospects for the poorest countries that rely on exporting these commodities, and is a trend predicted […]


A World without Poverty: a view from Brazil

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A World without Poverty: a view from Brazil World without Poverty is an initiative that aims to share Brazil’s learnings on reducing poverty with other developing countries and domestically.[1] In November 2014 a conference was held in Brasília to provide an opportunity to reflect on the country`s experience of social policies and poverty eradication, and […]


5 ways the post-2015 Financing Committee could change the world. (Seriously.)

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The Expert Financing Committee for post-2015 (ICESDF as it’s known) is nearly done with its task of setting out the strategic framework for sustainable development financing, and civil society gets its last chance to input to their report this week, via a stakeholder dialogue event in New York. As it stands, the report framework shows […]


Income status is no basis for aid allocation decisions

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The second half of 2014 will see the members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (DAC) decide which developing countries will no longer be eligible to receive official development assistance (ODA) from 2015. Who can get ODA? Only the hardiest are likely to have delved deep enough into the OECD website to know how the […]


‘Middle income’ status is too broad to be useful

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  The sheer range of ‘middle income countries’ (MICs) as defined by the World Bank makes this ‘analytical category’ a poor basis for resource allocation decisions. The divergent paths of China and India since the early 1990s show just how varied MICs are. The World Bank released their annual GNI per capita data on 1 […]


Emerging challenges in East Africa

Poverty

“Africa is standing on the edge of enormous opportunity. Will we invest our natural resource revenue in people, generating jobs and opportunities for millions in present and future generations? Or will we squander this opportunity, allowing jobless growth and inequality to take root?” – Africa Progress Report The Africa Progress Panel (APP) yesterday published its […]