World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People
|The World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank's
annual flagship publication. Each year, the WDR seeks to expand the
understanding of poverty and its causes, and sets out actions the development
community can take to fight poverty in all its dimensions.
The World Development Report 2004 investigates how countries can accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by making services work for poor people.
|Success in reaching the MDGs will depend not just on faster
economic growth and the flow of sources, but on our ability to translate those
resources into basic services, especially in health, education, water, and
sanitation. Too often, the delivery of services falls far short of what could
be achieved, due to issues such as weak incentives for performance, corruption,
imperfect monitoring, and administrative logjams. Some countries have addressed
the problem by involving poor people in service delivery; the results have been
impressive. Giving parents input into their children's education, patients a
say over hospital management, and making agency budgets transparent all
contribute to improving outcomes in human development.
Celebrating the successful innovations--while taking a hard look at some of the failures--this Report offers guidance to policymakers, donors, and citizens on improving the delivery of basic services. It serves to deepen understanding and highlight the importance of empowering and investing in poor people.
World Development Report 2004 contains selected World Development Indicators.
Produced by The World Bank. Published by Oxford University Press, 2003.
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Last modified: October 8, 2003
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