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Topic Brief

Although poverty has decreased steadily in Latin America in the past 20 years, growth and poverty reduction in the Region has slowed down. Ahead of other regions in the world, there is still a lot to be done in relation with (among others) extreme and rural poverty; the relation between poverty and growth; and inequality reduction. These challenges have different faces according to the characteristics of each country. (More...) 

Knowing how many people live in poverty is key to develop policies and actions that are sensible to their needs. (More...)

Inequality reduction is one of the main development challenges in Latin America, and it is strongly linked to poverty and the distribution of opportunities and resources. Equality of opportunity seeks to level the playing field so that circumstances such as gender, ethnicity, birthplace, or family background, which are beyond the control of an individual, do not influence a person’s life chances. There is not a single relation pattern in the region and each country faces a different challenge. (More...) 

The Poverty and Inequality Group offers a number of analytical products and services to enhance our under-standing on how to reduce poverty and inequality within the Latin America and Caribbean region.

» Advancing knowledge through regional research in order to advance discussions with clients, develop new analytical tools, and shape the Bank's agenda in the region.

» Engaging in policy dialogue at country and regional level through high quality analytical work and support for lending operations.

» Building capacity and transfering knowledge to clients in order to build their own analytical capacity.

» Ensuring that Bank products are adequately focused on poverty and inequality issues.


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Last updated: 2010-03-19

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