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  • Report
  • 22 September 2013

Investments to End Poverty

By Development Initiatives: analysis, evidence and data on all resources available to get to zero poverty by 2030. Report, data visualisations and more.

The inaugural Investments to End Poverty report was launched in September 2013 during the UN General Assembly on the post-2015 development agenda, which will set the stage for new global goals.

In recent years the debate around ending poverty has shifted from ’if’ to ’when’, with an increasing number of world leaders converging behind the vision to end extreme poverty by 2030. In 1990, 43% of the world’s people were living on less than $1.25 a day – today it is 21%. By 2030 we can and must get to zero, with no one left behind.

“Development Initiatives has once again produced an excellent report: Investments to End Poverty. It’s important because its focus is on action and the need to be unrelenting in our quest to eradicate extreme poverty. But it is more than a rallying cry; to be useful; reports such as this must be well researched and contain practical actions that can make a real difference. This report makes the grade and is an important contribution to the post 2015 debate, not least as the DAC considers how it can best measure and direct the many sources of external financing for development so they are as effective as possible.”

Erik Solheim
Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)

Our Investments to End Poverty programme looks at the impact of all resources on poverty reduction. It provides independent, reliable, accessible data and information on resource flows and promotes the idea that all resources have a role to play in getting poverty to zero.

Our first Investments to End Poverty report recognises the fact that, despite global poverty falling at an unprecedented rate, growth alone will not be enough to end it altogether – a number of additional investments are needed. Aid continues to have a critical role but must be better targeted and used together with other resources to expedite the end of poverty. The report provides clear data to inform resource allocation for better results and ensure that there is greater accountability for funding decisions.

Download the full report

In the report

You can also download the report in the following sections:

Highlights – a short walk through key facts and figures on the road to ending poverty

Chapter summaries: what you need to know about:

Chapters 1–6: the narrative: here we explore the vision of ending extreme poverty by 2030, map global aid trends, “unbundle” the aid mix and call for a Data Revolution

Chapters 7–11 : detailed 2- and 4-page profiles on who invests what, where and how


Zero Poverty 2030

Investments to End Poverty supports Zero Poverty 2030, a Global Citizen campaign and initiative of Global Poverty Project, run in partnership with individuals and charities from around the world. The campaign aims to secure hundreds of thousands of signatures to present to world leaders calling on governments to commit to provide support to end extreme poverty by 2030. Support Global Citizen’s Zero Poverty campaign via #by2030, and @zeropoverty2030.