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The European Community’s approach towards poverty reduction in developing countries

Working papers

This paper argues that for the focus on poverty to become effective, it is essential that the European

Community concentrate on the following issues:

  • First, the participatory elements of the Community's efforts for poverty reduction should be strengthened through the promotion of a broad based social dialogue on poverty and the concretisation and wider use of participatory approaches and tools for aid management.
  • Second, aid management systems need to be adapted in line with the new focus, including personnel policy.
  • Third, the effectiveness of poverty reduction efforts at the Community level depends on consistency with bilateral efforts.
Christiane Loquai, Kathleen Van Hove, Jean Bossuyt