European Development Cooperation and the Poor by Aidan Cox

By Aidan Cox

What are the poverty relief pursuits of the ecu improvement cooperation enterprises? This ebook examines the credibility in their genuine checklist when it comes to their dedication and methods to poverty relief. The poverty impression in their relief programmes and their strong and undesirable practices are assessed in response to box stories in seven terrible countries.

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Finland and Italy have shifted their positions a little, the European Union is very slowly articulating its own position and operational guidelines, but France and Spain have not obviously shifted their positions. For the 'like-minded' group of agencies at least, there is a considerable consensus on economic and social aims to achieve their goals. Economic growth, though vital, is not seen as sufficient to achieve adequate reduction in the degree of poverty, especially in slow growing areas like sub-Saharan Africa.

In Burkina Faso the political situation is not promising for the poor. There is a weak electoral system, characterized by a dominant party and a splintered opposition, in which votes are bought for electoral promises of public expenditure. It is far from clear whether this favours the poor or poor regions. Although there are some laws to protect women, and some civil human rights movements have developed, there continues to be widespread gender discrimination (de Boisdeffre, 1998a). In Zambia, in line with general recent experience, the advent of multi-party democracy has not so far given the poor greater leverage.

Economic growth, though vital, is not seen as sufficient to achieve adequate reduction in the degree of poverty, especially in slow growing areas like sub-Saharan Africa. They share the notion of economic policies for 'broad-based' or pro-poor growth to provide opportunities for the poor, especially through greater employment. Their approach includes measures to improve the access of the poor to credit and knowledge to boost their productivity as well as improved basic infrastructure for rural development.

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