Reducing poverty is achievable



To: 15-03-2013

The Wikiprogress 6-15 March online consultation!

SYNTHESIS REPORT of the online consultation!

Reducing poverty is achievable
Finding those who are hidden by inequalities

The OECD Global Forum on Development (GFD) will be convened on 4-5 April 2013, with discussions by renowned experts and leading policy-makers focusing on the global development agenda beyond 2015. The Wikiprogress community and partners are holding a public consultation* on this topic from 6-15 March. The outcomes will be presented at the Forum.

The topic of the online consultation

One of the key ways to address the inequalities which cause poverty is ensuring development is about people and how they live together. Ahead of the OECD GFD, Wikiprogress would like to highlight the individuals, families, communities and societies that have been hidden by social and economic inequalities. We would also like to bring to light the stories of successful programmes, policies and methodologies which have made a difference in people’s lives. The discussion opens on 6 March and closes on 15 March 2013 at 17h (GMT+1). The Global Forum on Development invites you to share your stories and/or solutions for:

  • People who are, have been or might be hidden from economic growth.
  • People who are, have been or might be hidden from social programmes.
  • People who are, have been or might be hidden from statistics and what this means for the well-being of societies.

To guide you in your interventions, please find some key questions below that the Forum and this consultation would like your views on.

Key Questions

The target of eliminating poverty as captured by the UN Millennium Declaration is achievable. Economic growth in developing and emerging economies has improved lives of many poor people and led to the emergence of a middle class. However, income inequalities have been rising in many countries and many people remain vulnerable. In addition, inequalities are increasingly being understood as stretching beyond income to a number of other characteristics such as gender, age, origin, labour-market status.

  • How can we ensure that all of these inequalities are addressed, since they have an impact both at individual and societal level?
  • What are the most effective ways to tackle the factors that drive these inequalities? How can we measure progress on reducing poverty in the years to come?

An important part of a new development framework is the well-being agenda, which was absent from the MDGs but has been widely discussed since the establishment, in 2008, of the Commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress (also known as the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission).

  • How can the broader concept of progress inform post-2015 approaches to poverty reduction? How can well-being and progress indicators contribute to the broader process of defining and developing the post-2015 agenda?
  • What are country experiences for reducing poverty and increasing well-being using this approach? What is the role of development agencies to help advance this agenda?
* This discussion is brought to you by the OECD, Paris21, Save the Children, ODI’s Development Progress, the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI), UNICEF, Jeune Afrique, The Africa Report, European Report on Development (ERD), Wikigender, Wikichild and the Global Progress Research Network (GPRNet).


We look forward to your participation starting from Wednesday 6 March! We strongly encourage you to disseminate news about the online discussion via your networks and on Twitter using #OECDgfd and the following link to this page:

Anyone with an Internet connection is invited to participate in the discussion and we encourage you to express your views on this topic. Please note however that comments will be moderated to ensure that there is no spam disrupting the discussion.To participate, simply type your comment below or register directly via Disqus, Twitter or Facebook before typing your comment. To insert a URL hyperlink, make sure you shorten the URL first before posting it, otherwise it may not work. (e.g. using bitly, google url shorterner, tiny url…)

Thank you for contributing to this discussion. Please go here for more opportunities to participate in the Global Forum on Development

About the GFD

These questions will be discussed at the 2013 Global Forum on Development. High-level policy makers, academia, civil society and the private sector will look at these questions and explore challenges, opportunities and lessons learned about current poverty reduction policies and methods for fostering social cohesion and progress. They will exchange perspectives on how they can be addressed at international, national and local levels and the nexus between each. The results will contribute to the improvement of the poverty reduction policies designed and implemented by governments, international organisations and others in the post-2015 world. The Forum will be the first in a series of three forums to be held over the next three years focusing on how this could be done.

Thank you for contributing to this discussion. Please go here for more opportunities to participate in the Global Forum on Development

“We need to build our knowledge regarding what works or does not work to achieve better lives. We need new evidence and models to understand how people think and behave, and how policies can raise well-being given our new understanding.”
Martine Durand, OECD Chief Statistician
“Inequality is so important. There is a strong feeling among disadvantaged groups that their story is hidden in aggregate figures.”
Helen Clark – The former New Zealand prime minister and administrator of the UN Development Programme
“A focus on well-being means a shift in the way we look at development, one which takes into account disparities rather than averages. It means measuring what matters to people’s lives and finding the gaps in order to better focus on improving current quality of life while ensuring a sustainable future”.
Mario Pezzini, Director, OECD Development Centre

Key resources

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