Raising the Bar: What Works to Reduce Poverty and Spur Growth

"Ministers discuss how to grow their way out of poverty"

Inclusive growth and poverty reduction took center stage at Raising the Bar: What Works to Reduce Poverty and Spur Growth, where ministers representing low- and middle-income countries join World Bank Group President David Malpass to share successes, challenges and ideas to spur growth. 

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Part 1: How can we reduce poverty and spur growth? Why is growth so important on the road to poverty? Watch the Bite video to hear ministers discuss what they feel most proud of in terms of achievements in their countries.


Part 2: How do you sustain the achievements in both resilience and continuous growth? Watch the Bite video to learn about jobs and economic transformation and policies and programs that unlock growth.


Part 3: David Malpass discusses the importance of trade facilitation and stresses the need for debt transparency.  He also highlights the importance of connecting markets, lowering transaction costs for remittances, and addressing urban sprawl that can stress resources such as water.


Part 4: How can the global community support to ensure there are greater advances? And, what are the resources needed in order to take on the challenges of climate change, demographics, security and human capital to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth? 


Part 5: A WB study has shown that by 2030 if we manage to eliminate gender inequality in terms of employment, status of women, health and several other aspects, GDP in 2030 would increase by 25%. Economic empowerment of woman has an impact on economic growth and also human capital.

About the Presenters

David R. Malpass

President, World Bank Group

Patrick Njoroge

Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

Aïchatou Boulama Kané

Minister of Planning, Niger

Mohamad Al-Ississ

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and State Minister for Economic Affairs, Jordan

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank Group