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Private Sector and Civil Society

Government is not the only actor in the fight against poverty and in many contexts it may not take centre stage. The private sector can act powerfully and quickly to fight poverty – through supply chains, through its own employees, by understanding a potential alignment between its own corporate social responsibility and poverty reduction priorities. Civil Society actors (NGOs, faith based groups, public intellectuals, academics) are often engaged in the fight against poverty in the long term. They may already be specialists in some of the communities that are the poorest, or in some of the deprivations that drive MPI poverty.

By clearly inviting the support of the private sector and civil society, and by communicating the MPI to them deliberately and in a serious in-depth way, one can encourage innovative and committed actions against poverty to be led by a broader spectrum of agents.