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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons$
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Hany Besada, Leah McMillan Polonenko, and Manmohan Agarwal

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447335702

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447335702.001.0001

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Antipoverty transfers and zero extreme poverty targets

Antipoverty transfers and zero extreme poverty targets

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Did the Millennium Development Goals Work?

Armando Barrientos

Policy Press

This chapter examines how anti-poverty transfer programmes can drive global extreme poverty to zero. Current trends indicate that global poverty is a crucial issue not only in poor countries but also in low- and middle-income countries. Indeed, the majority of people in extreme poverty today live in middle-income countries and are likely to concentrate in sub-Saharan Africa. In order to reduce extreme poverty worldwide to zero, there is a need to pay special attention to policies facilitating the social and economic inclusion of groups in extreme poverty. The chapter first considers the interrelationships between antipoverty transfers, inclusion of disadvantaged groups, and human development before discussing the outcomes of existing antipoverty transfer programmes. It also highlights the main policy lessons and concludes with an analysis of the role of international aid in anti-poverty transfer programmes.

Keywords:   anti-poverty transfer programmes, extreme poverty, social inclusion, economic inclusion, disadvantaged groups, human development, international aid, poverty reduction, global poverty

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