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Solution for Fighting Against Poverty in the Crisis Aftermath

The Challenge

Poverty reduction has become the central objective of development policy, as reflected in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While economic growth is seen as an important ing ...

Poverty reduction has become the central objective of development policy, as reflected in the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While economic growth is seen as an important ingredient in achieving sustainable poverty reduction, the emerging consensus is that growth has to be pro-poor to reach such ambitious targets as the MDGs.

Fight poverty in developed countries through an expansion of welfare-to-work policies, supported by education and training measures aimed at enabling the poor to adapt to the skills required in changing labor markets.

The risks of being in poverty in developed countries vary across age groups. Older people now have a lower risk of being poor while the risk has increased for children and young adults. Single-parent households are three times as likely to be poor as the average family.

But the main dividing line is work. Six times as many jobless families are below the poverty line than working families, and the ratio is even higher in North America. Among all family types, access to paid work reduces poverty risks quite  ignificantly. For social policies in developed countries, this means that active employment policies need to be complemented with welfare-to-work policies, which encourage people to work and supplement the income of working families. Better training and education measures should aim to equip people with the skills they need in tomorrow’s labor market, thus creating greater equality of opportunity.

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