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What are the poverty aid ambitions of the eu improvement cooperation enterprises? This e-book examines the credibility in their genuine checklist when it comes to their dedication and techniques to poverty aid. The poverty effect in their reduction programmes and their reliable and undesirable practices are assessed in accordance with box stories in seven terrible countries.

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Economic growth, though vital, is not seen as sufficient to achieve adequate reduction in the degree of poverty, especially in slow growing areas like sub-Saharan Africa. They share the notion of economic policies for 'broad-based' or pro-poor growth to provide opportunities for the poor, especially through greater employment. Their approach includes measures to improve the access of the poor to credit and knowledge to boost their productivity as well as improved basic infrastructure for rural development.

However, without complementary skills, capital and land which the poor often do not posses, there is not likely to be much productive employment. Of course, the focus on primary health care and education is seen to contribute to the skills of the poor and to reduce the population growth rate at least in the long run. Yet it seems inadequate to rely on growth promotion and enhancing human capital through improved education and health in a context where the population growth rate is high and the prospects for growth low.

We turn in the next chapter to the question of the role that these agencies themselves can play in achieving these objectives and the modes of intervention open to them. 3 Role and Modes of Intervention of the Development Cooperation Agencies for Poverty Reduction Potential role of aid agencies in poverty reduction Chapter 2 reviewed the poverty reduction goals and aims of the European development agencies,but what are their own roles in helping to achieve them? This chapter considers the nature of these roles and the modes of intervention that can be used, and poses some choices which donors need to make between the options available to them.

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