Extreme poverty

Webinar video: Wellbeing and extreme and persistent poverty

Prof Sarah White (University of Bath) and Andrew Shepherd (Chronic Poverty Advisory Network) gave presentations on  extreme and persistent poverty and wellbeing.  They drew on their experience research to reflect on comments and questions raised by participating development practitioners. The webinar was held on 3 March 2016. An audio-only version of the webinar is available

Extreme and persistent poverty

Extreme and persistent poverty is once again a high profile issue thanks to the commitment to end extreme poverty and leave no one behind in the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Given the great difficulty of the task ahead, it will remain so for some years to come. While a lot is known about…» more

Eliminating extreme poverty in Africa: Trends, policies and the role of international organizations

Zorobabel Bicaba, Zuzana Brixiová, Mthuli Ncube

This paper focuses on: (i) poverty paths in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) under different assumptions on key macroeconomic variables, that is (consumption) growth, population growth and income distribution; and (ii) national, regional and global policies that can be adopted to improve upon poverty outcomes. It explores how policies of global institutions such as the G20 can ...» more

Energy for all: Harnessing the power of energy access for chronic poverty reduction

Shonali Pachauri; Andrew Scott; Lucy Scott; Andrew Shepherd

Energy poverty strongly correlates with income poverty, and is most acute in the poorest households in rural areas. This guide argues that access to electricity, combined with assets, can help people escape persistent poverty. Complementary interventions, coordination, and inter-sectoral collaboration are recommended to maximise the poverty reduction potential of energy ...» more

Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty


The world has probably already met the MDG target of halving the share of the population living in extreme poverty (USD 1.25 per day). Yet progress towards the MDGs across countries, localities, population groups and gender has been uneven, reflecting a fundamental weakness in current approaches.This report shows that ending poverty does not only mean meeting the target of ...» more

What Matters Most? Evidence from 84 Participatory Studies with Those Living with Extreme Poverty and Marginalisation

J. Leavy, J. Howard et al.

This Participate report draws on the experiences and views of people living in extreme poverty and marginalisation in 107 countries. It highlights four key messages that consistently emerge in different contexts: 1) the very poorest are less able to access infrastructure, services, support and opportunities; 2) development that is sustainable requires meaningful participation ...» more

Urbanisation and Urban Poverty in Bangladesh

Access to housing and security of tenure is a key issue for the urban poor of Bangladesh. Often they are forced to settle in informal settlements on marginal lands where they fall prey to mastaans, or middle men, who charge extortionate rents for land and services and often use coercive methods. These settlements often have little or no access to basic services such as water ...» more

Social Transfers and Chronic Poverty: Emerging Evidence and the Challenge Ahead

Department for International Development

Can social transfers play a role in tackling extreme poverty? This paper from the UK Department for International Development uses evidence from existing schemes across the world to suggest that social transfers could have a direct impact on poverty and help pro poor growth. When integrated within a wider national social protection system, social transfers could be an effective ...» more