Europe embraces both low and middle-income countries, facing a wide range of development challenges. Patterns of poverty differ significantly across the countries and progress on poverty reduction has varied. Present trends and forecasts suggest that the region will not halve the percentage of very poor people between 1990 and 2015.
Poverty levels in Europe are diverse, there is a persistent security threat in the Balkans, and HIV and AIDS rates are the fastest growing in the world. DFID has worked to strengthen the poverty focus of partner governments through development of Poverty Reduction
In Bosnia and Serbia-Montenegro full Poverty Reduction Strategies have now been agreed and there is clear evidence that governments are increasingly adopting them as a policy framework, and intending to link this reform to European Integration.
In the accession countries of Romania and Bulgaria (and to a lesser extent the Baltic States) we have provided significant resources through our share of EC budgets to assist with public administration reform, regional development and reducing social exclusion. These programmes complement and strengthen the impact of the multilateral agencies.
Last updated: 29 July 2004
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