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Understanding and supporting sustained pathways out of extreme poverty

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Getting to Zero extreme poverty will require not just that men and women currently living in poverty are able to escape it, but that new individuals do not become impoverished and that those who have escaped poverty do not once again fall below the poverty line.

Recent research by ODI revealed a disturbing trend: in countries like Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, a significant proportion of rural households that escaped poverty fell back into it during the following 8 to 10 years. Many non-poor rural households also became poor during the same period. As a result, the rate of rural households descending into poverty (becoming impoverished) in these countries exceeds the rate of those sustainably escaping it.

Investigating such trend has therefore emerged as an absolute priority. CPAN, in partnership with research organisations in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal Bangladesh and Uganda, has produced a series of country case studies that shed light on the conditions that have allowed, or failed to allow, a sustained escape from poverty.

This event will present findings of CPAN’s latest research with the aim to provide the latest evidence on policies and programmes that can assist in achieving positive poverty outcomes.

For more information, please download the concept note.

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The studies have been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The event is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Photo Credit: Cattle auction, Lankien, South Sudan - Oxfam East Africa

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