Global Poverty Research Group


  • The World Bank’s contribution to poverty reduction, by John Toye (July 2005)
    • The ESRC Global Poverty Research Group is committed to helping policy makers in their endeavour to reduce poverty worldwide. The GPRG is therefore particularly interested in what the policymakers themselves think about their own performance in reducing poverty – what they think they are doing right and what they think they are doing wrong. This comment highlights the World Bank’s recently published 2004 Annual Review of Development Effectiveness, which turns a critical spotlight on the Bank’s own past efforts to reduce world poverty. Full article...
  • The Investment Climate, Private Sector Performance and Poverty Reduction in Africa, by Måns Söderbom (April 2005)
    • Reversing the poor economic performance of Africa’s private sector has become a central concern to policy-makers. The basic reason is that improved performance enables firms to increase wages and generate jobs, and thereby contribute to development and poverty reduction. In recent years the ‘investment climate’ has become a key issue in the policy discussion as to why the private sector performance in Africa is not better. Full article...
  • Has Nigeria's anti-corruption strategy failed? by John Toye (8th April 2005)
    • One of the five research themes of the GPRG is how to improve governance in Africa. Official corruption has a widespread and insidious effect on the effectiveness of government, and on the welfare of citizens who rely on government services. It is very important to understand the factors that sustain official corruption and to finds ways to reduce it. Full article...
  • The World Bank: from Wolfensohn to Wolfowitz, by John Toye (23rd March 2005)
    • The World Bank is a pretty malleable institution and has survived over the last sixty years precisely by exercising its capacity to re-invent itself as circumstances – and especially US politics – require it to do so. So the nomination of Deputy Secretary of Defence, Paul Wolfowitz, to be the next President of the World Bank may both herald another re-invention and, at the same time, not create such a fundamental break with the past as it is being currently represented. To understand how a World Bank re-shaping is likely to work out, the previous one is the best place to start. Full article..