Inclusive growth

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. Economic growth in the absence of measures to ensure the sustained equitable distribution of its benefits has frequently perpetuated the concentration of wealth in the hands of those already better off. Many governments and donors have therefore come to realise that, to significantly reduce poverty, they need to promote inclusive growth.

About this Topic Guide

This Topic Guide summarises some of the most rigorous available evidence on the key debates and challenges surrounding inclusive growth. It 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