Attacking Africa's Poverty: Experience from the Ground

Attacking Africa's Poverty: Experience from the Ground

Attacking Africa's Poverty: Experience from the Ground

Attacking Africa's Poverty: Experience from the Ground

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How, in practice, has poverty in Africa been reduced? What have been the factors that have made it happen? Where has poverty actually been reduced? What are some of the successful experiences? These were the main questions that inspired this book and the collection of case studies that it contains.

The cases were developed for the [Scaling Up Poverty Reduction] global learning process, which culminated in the Global Learning Conference in Shanghai, China, from May 25 to 27, 2004, hosted by the government of China and the World Bank. That conference, which brought together more than 600 high-level participants from all over the world, including Presidents Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, discussed more than 70 cases from across the developing world, to take stock of the current state of poverty reduction. The purpose was to share insights on the key factors underlying successful experiences in the case studies and to identify practical measures required to accelerate growth and poverty reduction.

Before the conference, 20 global videoconferences brought together several hundred development practitioners to compare and contrast their experiences around these same case studies. In addition, there were seven field visits to review cases on the ground. Now the World Bank is publishing some of the African cases presented at the Shanghai conference to open them up to a wide audience and to focus on Africa-specific lessons from Shanghai.

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