India’s recent growth performance has been spectacular; the country remains one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But these achievements have created new challenges. The India Development Policy Review 2006 titled "Inclusive Growth and Service Delivery: Building on India's Success" focuses on two major challenges facing the country today: improving the delivery of core public services, and maintaining rapid growth while spreading the benefits of this growth more widely.
Core public services: It is essential for India’s rapidly growing economy to improve the delivery of core public services such as healthcare, education, power and water supply to all its citizens. This means empowering its people to demand better services through reforms that create more effective systems of public sector accountability. Options include decentralizing to local governments, producing regular and reliable information for citizens, undertaking internal reforms of public sector agencies, or creating public-private partnerships. But ultimately, implementation is everything.
Rapid and inclusive growth: Maintaining rapid growth will require more, and more effective, investments in infrastructure to create more jobs for low and semi-skilled workers.
Growth should more equally shared by all, as many parts of the country remain poor. Promoting inclusive growth includes revamping labor regulations, improving agricultural technology and infrastructure, helping lagging states and regions catch up, and empowering the poor through proactive policies that help them to take part in the market on fair and equitable terms.
- Key Issues
- Q&A with the authors
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- Download Graphs and Tables (.pdf)
- Press Release
- Biographies: Lant Pritchett, Rinku Murgai, and Marina Wes, authors of the report
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List of reports that the Development Policy Review 2006 draws on:
- Reforming public services in India: drawing lessons from success
- India's water economy: bracing for a turbulent future
- State fiscal reforms in India: progress and prospects
- Investment climate and manufacturing industry
- Re-energizing the Agricultural Sector to Sustain Growth and Reduce Poverty
- Fiscal Decentralization to Rural Governments
- World Bank Program in South Asia
Launching pad to all information on World Bank activities in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
- Development Data
A wide range of social and economic measures on South Asian countries, including links to the World Bank’s most important online development databases
- Analysis and Research
Compilation of all the World Bank’s publications on South Asian countries, with ‘search’ options