The book is concerned with strategy and tactics for directing that small slice of world income into filling the gap. This must be done country by country, on the initiative of each country’s government: with the maximum involvement of its own civil society, and with the rich world also making a contribution. To add momentum, the international community needs to adopt targets far more specific than the fifty percent extreme ‘poverty reduction’ of the first Millennium Development Goal.
Part I: Case for a Safety Net 1. Paradox Need and Opportunity 2. Three Sages and Two New Messages 3. The Basic Case 4. Size of the Extreme Poverty Gap Part II: Ways and Means 5. Targeting the Poor and Fixing Rates 6. Difficulties and Obstacles 7. Financing Social Safety Nets 8. Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs) 9. Employment Guaranteses 10. Paying for Health Care 11. The @other' Millenium Development Goals: Compeetition or Synergy? 12. Politics of Safety Nets: Turning Aspiration into Reality Part III: Another Window 13. The NGOs and Microcredit in Bangladesh Part IV: Summary 14. Imperative and Hope