Redistribution with Growth
The proposal for a strategy combining Redistribution with Growth (RWG) was first put forward, at least in contemporary literature on development, by H. W. Singer in 1972 in a working paper for the ILO Employment Mission to Kenya for which he was Chief of Mission. In the course of the Mission, the elements of such a strategy were clarified, made specific to the Kenya context and developed as the unifying theme of the report’s recommendations. The formal exposition of the strategy will be found in Chapter 7 of the ILO Kenya Report, Employment Incomes and Equality (Geneva, 1972) — though details of its implications for the different sector programmes will be found in virtually every chapter of the document. Subsequently the elements of RWG were generalised in a brief paper published (with very slight modifications) as technical paper no. 6 of the report.1 These ideas plus others arising from the two earlier ILO Employment Missions to Colombia2 and Sri Lanka3 were then used as the basis for two conferences and a programme of work by a joint IBRD/IDS group concerned to incorporate these ideas into formal planning models. This group in the event primarily focused on RWG, and elaborated and developed its macro-economic approach a good deal further, drawing on papers, discussions and critiques presented at the two conferences.
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