In 2003 the World Bank, in partnership with the Government of the
People's Republic of China, began a one year-long global learning
process that focused on worldwide efforts to reduce poverty along
different dimensions. A series of case studies, multi-country
interactive videoconferences, online dialogues, and field visits led up
to the working conference in Shanghai, on May 25 - 27, 2004.
Development lessons and experiences were shared and debated at this
event by policymakers, politicians, donors, academics, development
practitioners, civil society groups, and representatives from
development institutions. After such unprecedented knowledge exchange
on worldwide poverty reduction efforts, many lessons were learnt about
how to accelerate development and contribute to reducing poverty.
Capturing the findings from the Shanghai Global Learning Initiative,
Reducing Poverty on a Global Scale attempts to contribute to the
broader existing knowledge on poverty reduction and the effectiveness
of aid. The objective is to enlighten development practitioners about
observed achievements towards reducing poverty and the factors behind
them. Each of the chapters extracts implementation lessons learnt from
a subset of case studies prepared along different poverty dimensions,
focusing on such factors as the role of commitment and leadership,
institutional innovation, learning and experimentation, and external
catalysts. Instead of recommending particular solutions or best
practices, the book distills key findings from the strategically
selected examples and weaves them into a topical narrative.
A companion CD-ROM contains all of the case study summaries
presented at the May 2004 Shanghai conference.
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