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D 8.4 Report on “People, policy space and pro-poor policies”

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This report summarises the findings from studies by three consortium partners on ‘pro-poor’ policies in developing countries. In particular, the studies shed light on poor people’s access to the policy-space and on possible actions to induce efficient pro-poor policies.
Taken together, the studies conducted in this task highlight the importance of ‘demand side’ factors—i.e. people’s preferences and social norms influencing participation/access to the policy space. From a policy perspective, the evidence presented here shows that social preferences and norms (and the factors affecting them) are to be appreciated for an effective design of pro-poor policies. This provides indirect support to bottom-up approaches of pro-poor policymaking.