Growth Poverty and Inequality - Our work

Motorcycles, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam (Flickr: Tran Thi Hoa / World Bank

Our work investigates the different economic, political and social processes that link economic growth to changes in inequality and poverty, and that link existing poverty and inequality to economic growth. We aim to contribute to the global effort to deliver growth that is poverty-reducing and fairly distributed throughout societies.

Growth and jobs

Furniture factory Ghana (Source: Curt Carnemark / World Bank, Flickr -

Jobs are the main link between growth and poverty, and growth that creates jobs is the most poverty-reducing. How can growth be more effective at creating employment?


Scavenging demolished slum house, Mumbai, India (Source: Joe Athialy, Flickr -

How can the benefits of growth be more evenly shared, and what should be the priority for policy-makers concerned with rising inequality?

Economic growth and urbanisation

Mother and children by road in Johannesburg (Source: kool_skatkat, Flickr -

Urbanisation is both the cause and effect of economic growth. How can governments meet the challenge of urban poverty and reap the benefits of growing cities?

The MDGs to 2015 and beyond

Boys watch the tourist train, Peru (Source: Sam Judson, Flickr -

How are we doing on the Millennium Development Goals? And what are the options for global development after 2015?

Measuring development

Abacus (Flickr: JoePhoto

How can we capture what's important to poor people when we try to define problems and measure progress?

Data on poor and marginalised groups

Data visualisation: big data can help make better policies for poor people - credit -

To improve our knowledge of the poor and marginalised we need to fill gaps in data. We explore how existing methods and new technologies can fill those gaps.