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 Poverty Eradication Programme

Many developing countries have yet to achieve tangible and lasting improvements in the standard of living of the majority of their population. There is, therefore, considerable scope for sharing and reviewing people-driven development schemes to address the needs of economically disadvantaged and socially .deprived sections of the population in these countries.

Tackling the problem of poverty effectively calls for the empowerment of the poor. Economically and socially deprived communities need to organize into associations, cooperatives and guilds to strengthen their bargaining power at local, regional and national levels. This can only come about, however, if the broader political and economic framework is conducive to generating and improving opportunities for these self-help groups to grow. The identification, analysis and restructuring of existing framework conditions are, therefore, crucial to poverty reduction.

With this in mind, NAM CSSTC convened a meeting of experts from 26 countries, grouped into seven different sub-regions, to articulate their national situations and identify the major issues in eradicating poverty and promoting rapid and equitable development. The meeting was held in Jakarta in April 2001.

Economic instability, conflict, food security and demographic patterns, including the increasing urbanization of the poor, were among the common issues identified. Human resource development and health issues were also seen as critical. The importance of tackling social exclusion and ensuring real community participation in designing poverty alleviation programmes was highlighted. And significantly, political will and good governance were identified by almost all groups as prerequisites for effective poverty reduction.

The conclusions of this meeting will be used to formulate future NAM CSSTC projects dealing with how NAM member countries could tackle problems contributing to the poverty in their respective countries. .

Related Page :

Report of Expert Group Meeting on the Identification of Major Issues in Eradicating Poverty and Fostering Rapid and Equitable Development in NAM Member Countries, Jakarta, Indonesia, 24-26 April, 2001






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