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Making Democracy Work for Pro-poor Development

Report of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy

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This report focuses on how to make democracy work for pro-poor development and on development policies that in themselves uphold and promote democratic values. It argues that development and democracy are not only goals in their own right, but must also be mutually reinforcing. It says that governments, the private sector, civil society and the international community all have a vital role to play in delivering development and democracy, and calls for responsibility, partnership and concrete actions.



The report contains recommendations for action at both national and international levels. It is of interest to policy-makers, multilateral and bilateral agencies, the private sector, civil society organisations and all those committed to development, democracy and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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National Measures to Support Development and Democracy

Any serious attempt to understand how to make democracy work for pro-poor development cannot simply sketch out the problem of poverty, as has been done above, but must be more specific about the particular national obstacles to development faced by poor countries. The Expert Group has identified a number of key areas in which there are severe obstacles to pro-poor development: state administration and corruption, macroeconomic policy, education, health, environment, land, infrastructure and new technologies. It is essential for national governments to undertake reforms in these areas, in partnership with the market, civil society and the international community, to promote pro-poor development.

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