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Poverty alleviation and social funds

Since the 1990s there has been a poverty reduction strategy initiative from major donors seeking to link external support to domestically developed, results-based poverty strategies.

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South Sinai development, Egypt
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South Sinai development, Egypt Mott MacDonald provided assistance in the development of the local economy and in the preservation and support of the social, cultural and natural resources.

Most strategies include long-term goals for key poverty reduction targets, mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating progress towards achieving targets and a financial framework, including external financing needs.

In the majority of developing and transition countries, creating social funds has become a mainstream poverty reduction strategy. Social funds aim to increase incomes and quality of life by developing rural infrastructure, improving health services and education, promoting small businesses and micro-enterprises and creating jobs.

Mott MacDonald contributes institutional expertise in a range of poverty-reduction activities, including social services provision, employment promotion, micro-credit and the provision of basic infrastructure such as water supply and sanitation. We believe that creating local institutions to represent community interests is vital to help build long-term solutions

Our international development services in poverty alleviation and social funds

  • Design and monitoring of resettlement programmes
  • Establishment of Women in Development units
  • Human resources development
  • Poverty reduction strategy formulation
  • Social impact evaluations and assessments
  • Socio-economic surveys
  • Strategy costing and target setting
  • Strengthening local organisations, self-help groups and co-operatives
  • Women’s promotion and gender awareness
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