Small Firm Clusters: Working to Reduce Poverty

Published on 1 January 2004

Clustering together can help small firms compete in local and global markets. Cluster development also helps to reduce poverty. It can create employment, generate incomes and reduce vulnerability for small producers and poor workers. The critical policy challenge is how to make clusters development strategies more effective for the poor.

This Briefing reviews the links between clusters and poverty reduction, identifies the policy implications and presents a framework for poverty and social impact assessment of cluster development.

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published by
Nadvi, K. and Barrientos, S.
IDS Policy Briefing, issue 21


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