World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People
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Book DescriptionThe World Development Report 2004 provides a practical framework for making the services that contribute to human development work for poor people. With this framework, citizens, governments, and donors can take action and accelerate progress toward the common objective of poverty reduction, as specified in the Millennium Development Goals. The World Bank creates its highly respected World Development Report with input from individuals in government, business, academe, the media, nongovernmental organization, and civil society. By providing feedback on successive drafts and sharing concerns an opinions in an online, public forum as the report develops, these stakeholders help ensure that the report takes into account alternative points of view. The World Development Report 2004 team expanded the collaborative process by broadening the range of participants in the consultations and by soliciting more than 100 background papers and research reports from them. These materials, along with the World Development Report 2004, are available on this CD-ROM. Designed to offer access to the wide range of thinking and research on this years thememaking services work for poor peoplethe CD-ROM is an excellent resource for obtaining a sense of the many points of view that emerge in any dialogue on development. Features include: ** Dual PDF versions of the World Development Report 2004 Screen PDFa screen-readable version, Book PDFa print-on-demand version, Search and navigation capability, World Development Indicators (Selected Tables)a database with dynamic queries, easy user interface, and additional high functionality ** More than 100 searchable background papers and research reports produced by individuals and organizations outside the World Bank during the year-long World Development Report consultation process ** Chart and Image GalleryDownload DescriptionToo often, services fail poor people-in access, in quality, and in affordability. But the fact that there are striking examples where basic services such as water, sanitation, health, education, and electricity do work for poor people means that governments and citizens can do a better job of providing them. Learning from successand understanding the sources of failure, this year's World Development Report, argues that services can be improved by putting poor people at the center of service provision. How? By enabling the poor to monitor and discipline service providers, by amplifying their voice in policymaking, and by strengthening the incentives for providers to serve the poor. Freedom from illness and freedom from illiteracy are two of the most important ways poor people can escape from poverty. To achieve these goals, economic growth and financial resources are of course necessary, but they are not enough. The World Development Report provides a practical framework for making the services that contribute to human development work for poor people. With this framework, citizens, governments, and donors can take action and accelerate progress toward the common objective of poverty reduction, as specified in the Millennium Development Goals.
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