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New Development Goals Must Address Poverty In MICs, OECD Report Says

“New development goals need to address the increasingly large numbers of poor people living in middle-income countries, including the rising economies of India and China, and should focus on empowering people, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says in a report on Thursday,” The Guardian reports. “The ‘Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty’ is the latest addition to the growing literature on what should follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015,” the newspaper notes. Presented as a collection of essays from experts, the report “says the world needs to adapt to new challenges and move beyond the focus on economic growth, which — while crucial — is insufficient by itself to take 1.2 billion people out of poverty,” The Guardian writes, adding, “The report contains several examples of successful poverty reduction strategies, including a shift from programs that target poverty to more universal approaches based on concepts of human rights, typically social protection policies such as national health insurance and pensions” (Tran, 12/5).