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Growth from below: tackling poverty from the bottom up

Time (GMT +01) 08:00 09:30

Growth from below: tackling poverty from the bottom up


Margaret Kakande – Head of Budget Monitoring and Accountability Unit, Ministry of Finance, Government of Uganda



Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro – Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas, National Development Planning Agency, Jakarta

Mama Keita – Chief of the Economic Diversification Policy and Reforms Section, Sub-regional Office for Central Africa, UN Economic Commission for Africa, Cameroon 

Alexandra Lamont – Deputy Director, Economic Growth and International Financial Institutions, Global Affairs Canada, Government of Canada

Germano Mwabu – Professor of Economics, University of Nairobi

Marie Ottosson – Deputy Director General, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Andrew Shepherd – Head of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, ODI


In order to meet SDG 8 and secure ‘decent work and sustainable economic growth for all’, governments and their development partners will need to achieve the right balance between promoting ‘growth from below’ (GfB) and ‘growth from above’ (GfA).

Policy measures to tighten labour markets will need to be coupled with more strategic efforts to empower women, support asset development and productivity in agriculture and support migration and remittance, to facilitate sustained escapes from poverty.

Using the key findings of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network’s forthcoming Chronic Poverty Report on Growth, this high-level side event at the UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) discusses the concept of ‘growth from below’ and its policy implications for sustained poverty reduction in the context of the 2030 Agenda.