The focus on a pro-poor, pro-growth approach provides a balance between the needs of the poor and vulnerable and the demands of private sector growth.
The expansion and diversification of the economic base and the opening up of more employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, introduction of a green economy and modern age technology, coupled with continued social protection and social safety net programmes, and continued access to health and
education, will empower more people, especially the poor and vulnerable. These will provide critical avenues to achieving pro-poor growth. The availability of more and new jobs and more entrepreneurs will provide more jobs and raise incomes and finance social spending and infrastructure. Social
protection increases the productivity and employability of poor people, encouraging them to move, for example, to higher-yielding crops or businesses with brighter prospects. Empowerment helps poor people to be involved in decisions affecting their livelihoods and supports the accountability of decision makers. Policies in these areas need to extend beyond the formal economy and the public sector to encompass and regulate the informal economy.
Addressing gender issues changes things for the better – for both women and men – and contributes to pro-poor growth. Gender equality and empowered women are catalysts for multiplying development efforts. Investments in gender equality yield the highest returns of all development investments and will result in accelerated progress towards achieving all the MDGs, including those that are most seriously off track. Investing in women pays off with reduced rates of maternal mortality, better educated and healthier children, and higher household incomes. Challenges remain in building and implementing a shared vision on gender equality for all development stakeholders.
The final outcome to which the UNCT proposes to contribute: “National development plans, policies, programmes and legislation (where required) formulated, implemented, monitored, and evaluated to achieve the MDGs, with special attention to key populations at higher risk and the progressive realization of human rights” will be approached through the following outputs:
- Strengthened national capacity to generate, and publish, MDG-related data disaggregated by region, sex, age;
- Strengthened national capacity to analyse and use data for the formulation of evidenceinformed, participatory national and/or regional development policies, plans, programmes and legislation (where required);
- Strengthened national capacity for implementation of intersectoral policies, plans, programmes, and legislation (where required);
- Enhanced national capacity to monitor, evaluate, and report on national plans, policies, programmes, and legislation (where required) that chart progress toward the MDGs.