This volume has its origins in an international conference on growth and poverty which took place in Helsinki in May 2001, and was attended by 150 persons from all around the globe. We would like to thank the paper presenters and other conference participants for their valuable contributions to the scholarly discussions, and the staff of UNU/WIDER in Helsinki for their smooth running of the backstage arrangements. All helped to make the conference a great success.
We are grateful to the many people who were involved in the preparation of this volume. Tony Addison and Cecilia Ugaz assisted in the selection of papers. Numerous peer reviewers wrote anonymous reports on the draft chapters, offering incisive and useful comments on the substance and quality of each of the studies. We also thank the chapter authors whose careful attention to the points raised by the reviewers and editors significantly improved the quality of the published material. Adam Swallow liaised with Oxford University Press and ensured the efficient processing of the manuscript.
Special thanks are due to Anne Ruohonen, who handled most of the formatting and checking of the chapters, and to Lorraine Telfer-Taivainen, who not only had primary administrative responsibility for the original WIDER conference but also dealt with the final preparation of the manuscript.
Helsinki and Geneva
Rolph van der Hoeven