The Development Co-operation Report (DCR) 2013 explores what needs to be done to achieve rapid and sustainable progress in the global fight to reduce poverty. The world is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target of halving the proportion of people whose income is less than $1.25 a day. However, we are far from achieving the overarching MDG goal of eradicating extreme poverty. While we have learned much about what works in terms of reducing poverty, “getting to zero” remains a challenge in the face of the intractable difficulties of reaching those mired in extreme poverty.
The DCR 2013 focuses on the very poor, establishing in concrete terms the nature and dimensions of poverty today and what development cooperation—and the global partnerships it supports—can do to combat it. The book also highlights successful policies and approaches various countries have used to alleviate extreme poverty.