A core set of public policies can enable chronically poor people to escape poverty. These are social protection, education and healthcare specifically for the hard to reach; asset building; anti-discrimination and women's empowerment; and support for migrants alongside planned urbanisation. These are not all new policies for poor people, but they are undersupported and neglected in development efforts. There are numerous examples from around the world of public policies enabling poverty exits in all the above areas. Public policy vitally supports people's efforts to escape chronic poverty. Framing such policies within a political project to build a state–citizen social compact not only ensures political support, but also delivers long- term commitments.
CPRC Policy Brief No. 10, Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK, 6 pp.