Services for the Poorest: From Angst to Action

32 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2010

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Ursula Grant

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Date Written: December 1, 2008

Abstract

For the poorest people, low level of access to basic services is both a cause and a consequence of their poverty and deprivation. A set of interacting factors means that supplyside and demand-side problems deny them access to health, education, water and sanitation services. Demand-side approaches to improving services participatory planning, local health councils, user groups) offer ways forward but these need to be matched by supply-side reforms (packaging services for the poorest, effective geographical targeting, regulation of private providers, public sector reform and increased public finance). While technical changes are needed, helping the poor to access the basic services they need must be embedded in longer-term processes of progressive social and political change.

Keywords: poorest, basic services, deprivation, chronic poverty, education, health, water

Suggested Citation

Grant, Ursula and Hulme, David, Services for the Poorest: From Angst to Action (December 1, 2008). Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper No. 128, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1537110 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1537110

Ursula Grant (Contact Author)

Overseas Development Institute (ODI) ( email )

111 Westminister Bridge Rd.
London, SE17JD
United Kingdom

David Hulme

University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

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