Are the 2015 poverty targets realistic?

15 January 1998

A draft World Bank report examines poverty trends and assesses whether economic growth will be sufficient to reduce poverty to the 2015 targets agreed by donor governments in the OECD‘s Development Assistance Committee. Are Poverty and Social Targets for the 21st Century Attainable? finds that in many countries growth rates will not suffice even with good policies, and certainly not in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report also examines income distribution, public spending, and social indicators.

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