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Working Paper

Arguing For The Poor: Elites and Poverty in Developing Countries

Published on 1 January 2002

Aid donors and other external agents could usefully engage more actively with developing country elites in defining national anti-poverty strategies. This does not depend on those elites being altruistic or especially ‘pro-poor’. Elites have some self-interest in reducing poverty.

They are more likely to appreciate, explore and be willing to act on that self-interest if they are sympathetically and constructively engaged in drawing up policies designed to reduce poverty, and in shaping the ways in which they are labelled and justified. History supports this case. Contemporary elites in developing countries are in some ways more likely to be ‘pro-poor’ than nineteenth century European elites and in some ways less so.

Authors

Image of Naomi Hossain
Naomi Hossain

Research Fellow

Image of Mick Moore
Mick Moore

Professorial Fellow

Publication details

published by
IDS
authors
Hossain, N. and Moore, M.
journal
IDS Working Paper, issue 148
isbn
1 85864 405 4

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