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Celebrating Four Years of Contributions to Knowledge Sharing on Poverty Reduction: The Global Povert

Wednesday May 8, 2019. Today the Global Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth Portal (GPIG) celebrates four years since its official launching during the China Poverty Reduction International Forum on May 8, 2016. On that occasion the highest-level representatives of the founding agencies of the portal, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Development Programme, the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), and the China Internet Information Center (CIIC) came together in a concerted effort to launch a digital platform that would contribute to sharing China’s success story in poverty reduction with the world. In his keynote speech, former World Bank’s Country Representative in China, Bert Hoffman, underlined how China had already made by then a remarkable contribution to poverty reduction by lifting more than 700 million people out of poverty in the previous three decades—which amounted to more than 70 percent of global poverty reduction over that period. Hence, the immense interest from people to learn how China had achieved such a remarkable result. Mr. Hoffman attributed the success of China to four main factors: 1) China gradually reformed its economic system to allow more economic decisions to be made by market forces, which drove productivity increases, innovation and rapid economic growth; 2) China opened up to the outside world to trade, foreign investment and ideas, which it adapted for its own particular circumstances as reforms progressed; 3) China introduced reforms by experimentation in policy and institutional design, and it learned from those experiments—scaling up what worked, and abandoning what didn’t; and 4) China supplemented its broad-based growth oriented policies with targeted initiatives for poor areas that were particularly disadvantaged and poverty-struck.


In 2016 the GPIG team focused resources and efforts on the implementation of a knowledge sharing strategy that included further development of the GPIG platform, but most importantly, to the establishment of key regional and global partnerships that contributed not only to share China’s experience but also to share and learn about experiences and lessons from all over the world. Partners, users and visitors to the portal started requesting that the platform offered a virtual library of all the case studies and knowledge that was being shared, so that it could be accessible online to a wider audience.


Just one year after the official launch of the GPIG platform, the Research Department of IPRCC, led by Mr. Wang Dajun, and the GPIG team, led by the Deputy Director of China Development Gateway of CIIC, Ms. Jiao Meng, gave birth to the Global Poverty Reduction Online Knowledge Sharing Database. The launch of the database was announced during the 2017 China International Forum on Poverty Reduction: Developing and Sharing Governance Solutions to Reduce Poverty. During the seminar, discussions focused on ways to develop and share China’s best practices in poverty alleviation in order to help other developing countries to eliminate poverty. The forum also introduced innovative tools and new developments in the fight against poverty that were being implemented by international organizations, multilateral banks and national and regional research centers.


The Global Poverty Reduction Online Knowledge Sharing Database responded to the demand to classify and make all this knowledge available by aiming to document systematically poverty reduction good practices in China and internationally. The database follows the same principles of the GPIG portal by allowing users to have access to the platform to upload case studies on their own or to submit them to the GPIG team for posting. During the launching ceremony of the database, representatives of the Chinese agencies highlighted China’s efforts to promote sharing and learning with other developing countries and international organizations as a concrete contribution to the implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and, more specifically, to the global goal of eradicating extreme poverty.


Continuing the tradition of launching a new initiative at each anniversary celebration of the GPIG platform, on May 23, 2018, the Global Solicitation and Challenge Prize on Best Practices in Poverty Reduction  was launched at the China International Forum on Poverty Reduction with the participation of over 200 attendees from 28 different countries. The prize aimed at selecting 100 case studies among the most impactful entries with a jury of experts from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC), and the China Internet Information Center (CIIC).

From China alone, there were 645 entries from Government agencies at all levels, private sector companies and individuals showcasing research and findings on poverty reduction across different sectors from tourism and financial services to employment and entrepreneurship. The international community contributed 175 case studies from international organizations, academia, research centers and GPIG partners in more than 30 countries including Brazil, Colombia, Haiti, Pakistan, Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Laos, the Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia.


The team of the Global Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth Portal (GPIG) will be supporting IPRCC and CIIC in their efforts to promote knowledge sharing of innovative practices on digital transformation for rural and agricultural development during the third edition of the Rome Seminar on Strategic Partnerships for Poverty Reduction that will take place on May 15-16, 2019 during EXCO 2019. During the event, the e-version of the first compilation of the 30 best poverty reduction case studies submitted for the Global Solicitation and Challenge Prize on Best Practices in poverty reduction will be made available to the public. A compilation with all the case studies selected by the inter-agency jury of experts is expected to be launched in early 2020.


For these reasons and for all those achievements in which partners like you have been key contributors, May 8 is a date to celebrate. Happy Anniversary to the Global Poverty Reduction and Inclusive Growth Portal of the International Poverty Reduction Center in China!


Photo Credits: Yang Jia, China Internet and Information Center

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