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People in chronic poverty are often locked out of national growth processes as a result of the multiple deprivations and adverse socioeconomic relationships they experience. Hence, the formulation of policies that include the poorest in growth is critical. The CPRC’s work on growth has focused on the opportunities pro-poor growth provides to the poorest, and related policy implications. 

Research and policy

CPRC research has looked at the extent to which the chronically poor connect to – or are excluded from or harmed by – growth process. Several country case studies have helped identify the key processes which underlie these, and offer important lessons about how this can be done more effectively.

Lack of assets and exclusionary processes may mean that it is difficult for the chronically poor to participate in growth to the same extent as the less poor and the non-poor. The CPRC key messages report summarises our findings on growth, and highlights that growth is a major focus in policy against chronic poverty. This not only includes investing in basic infrastructure, but also attention to both quantity and quality of jobs, and the ability of poor youth and young adults to engage in employment opportunities.

While the CPRC is not a growth research centre, it has recently focused on the specific problem of economic growth in landlocked countries. Research shows that growth is held back by high transport costs, as well as a succession of administrative requirements, checks and roadblocks, and sometimes domestic taxes.

 Key resources

Growth and chronic poverty, assets, and inequality

Growth and poverty reduction

Growth in landlocked countries

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