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Solution for Fighting Against Poverty in the Crisis Aftermath

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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.

Formalize employment relationships in developing countries, thereby enabling workers to gain access to social security.

About 60% of the global workforce is made up of informal workers, who have little job security or protection. The capacity of governments to formalize jobs needs to be built up. Policies focusing on the importance of “job quality” and improving skills should be introduced through a “progressive formalization agenda” in a bid to benefit the poor—and for the poor to be able to contribute to growth. This would help bring people back to the formal labor market by improving their skills and job quality.

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    To enable the poor in developing countries to cope with global recession, aid should promote employment, supported by workfare programs, and social protection through conditional cash transfers.

    To enable the poor in developing countries to cope with global recession, aid should promote employment, supported by workfare programs, and social protection through conditional cash transfers.

    To enable the poor in developing countries to cope with global recession, aid should promote employment, supported by workfare programs, and social protection through conditional cash transfers.

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    Provide well-tailored and certificated vocational training, especially for workers in the informal economies of poor countries. Include entrepreneurship training and provide startup capital for new businesses.

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    Provide well-tailored and certificated vocational training, especially for workers in the informal economies of poor countries. Include entrepreneurship training and provide startup capital for new businesses.

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