Inclusive Growth

Topic Guide

Absolute poverty has fallen substantially over the last 30 years, with most of this reduction attributable to rapid economic growth in developing countries. Yet growth often does not meet the needs of the poor. This Topic Guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges surrounding inclusive growth.

See the Executive summary.

Concepts and definitions

  • From pro-poor growth…
  • …to inclusive growth

Linkages – growth, poverty and inequality

  • The impact of growth on inequality
  • The impact of inequality on growth



  • Measuring inclusive growth

About this Topic Guide

This Topic Guide was written by Kyle Alexander, and its production was supported by the UK Government.

GSDRC appreciates the contributions of Isabelle Cardinal (DFID), Simon Armstrong (independent consultant), Nicholas Miles (independent consultant) and Huma Haider (GSDRC).

Suggested citation

Alexander, K. (2015). Inclusive growth: Topic guide. Birmingham, UK: GSDRC, University of Birmingham.

Image: Woman works in a small shop. Ghana. Photo: © Arne Hoel / World Bank


Executive summary