Making Democracy Work for Pro-poor Development
Report of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy
Pro-poor development recognises that people need the ‘capabilities' to do and be the things that they have reason to value, such as being adequately nourished, having equitable access to justice and participating in decisions that affect their lives. It also recognises that development policies aimed at the general populace may have a more limited positive impact on particularly disadvantaged groups. Such groups need to be identified (for example, in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, age or occupation) and policies need to be specifically designed for improving the lives of the poor.
The Report argues that governments, the private sector, civil society and the international community each have a vital role to play in delivering development and democracy, and calls for responsibility, partnership and concrete actions from all these actors. Without responsibility on all these levels, development and democracy will remain rhetoric rather than become reality.
Prepared by the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy at the request of Commonwealth Heads of Government, the Report contains a number of recommendations for action at the national and international levels. It will be 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.
Letter of Presentation
1.1 The mandate
2. A New Approach to Development and Democracy
2.1 What is pro-poor development?
2.2 What is democracy?
2.3 Making democracy work for pro-poor development
2.4 The key partnership: states, markets, civil society and the international community
3. Poverty in the Commonwealth
4. National Measures to Support Development and Democracy
4.1 State administration
4.2 Pro-poor economic and social policies
4.3 Recommended actions at the national level
5. International Measures to Promote Development and Democracy
5.1 The global economy
5.2 International institutions
5.3 Peace and security
5.4 Recommended actions at the international level
Appendix A. Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals in Commonwealth Countries
Appendix B. Millennium Development Goals, Targets and Indicators
Appendix C. Data on Development and Democracy in the Commonwealth
Appendix D. Members of the Commonwealth Expert Group on Development and Democracy
- Agriculture Expand or collapse me
- Democracy and elections Expand or collapse me
- Debt and finance policy
- Economic development Expand or collapse me
- Education, gender and health Expand or collapse me
- Law and human rights Expand or collapse me
- Oceans and natural resources Expand or collapse me
- Public administration and governance Expand or collapse me
- Small states Expand or collapse me
- Sport for development and peace
- Trade Expand or collapse me
- Youth policy