Feed the Future
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Health, Resilience and Sustainable Poverty Escapes

Event Date: 
Nov 28, 2018
9:30 am to 11:00 am EST
USAID's Bureau for Food Security


How can vulnerable households sustain an escape from poverty, weathering the ongoing and multiple shocks and stresses that they will face over their lifetimes? Poor and near-poor households and communities live in increasingly complex risk environments and are subject to a range of shocks and stresses that threaten their food security, nutrition and ability to sustainably escape poverty.

A series of mixed-method country case studies were commissioned by the USAID Center for Resilience aimed at expanding our understanding of the drivers of sustained poverty escapes across contexts. The case studies also teased out policy and programming implications to help inform a synthesis study focused on health.

In this joint Marketlinks/Agrilinks event, participants heard about key findings from the research and learned how health matters when it comes to poverty escapes. This included a better understanding of health shocks and health as resilience capacity that protects individuals, households, and communities when poverty escapes are the primary outcome.


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Consultant Center for Resilience at USAID


Lynn Michalopoulos is currently working as a consultant with the Center for Resilience at USAID, providing expertise and technical support related to resilience measurement and analysis, especially as it relates to psychosocial factors. Dr. Michalopoulos is also currently an Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work. Her research focuses on how trauma outcomes vary across cultural and contextual contexts, especially among non-Western low and middle-income countries. She has worked the Victims of Torture Fund through USAID and Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Mental Health Research group on a project developing global and regionally specific trauma scales across cultures and populations. She has a current interest in understanding how psychosocial factors can be integrated and adapted into resilience measurement frameworks. Dr. Michalopoulos’ research interest also center on the relationship between trauma, substance use, and HIV among migrant populations from low and middle-income countries. Dr. Michalopoulos has conducted extensive research in Zambia, Uganda and South Africa where she has provided technical support and expertise related to the integration of psychosocial measures and evidence-based mental health interventions into programming.

Director Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Andrew has been with CPAN since its inception in 2011, and with the ODI, where CPAN is now hosted, since 2002.

He has three decades of work on poverty, having led the production of three Chronic Poverty Reports – and with the next report forthcoming. He previously directed the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, and has worked for Unicef in Sudan and as a senior lecturer at Birmingham University. His major developing country experience has been in Ghana, India, Sudan, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda.

Senior Research Officer Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Vidya is a mixed-methods researcher in the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network, specializing in gender-disaggregated analysis of poverty dynamics, conflict, and education.

She has particular experience in South Asia but has also led various policy-oriented research projects on poverty dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Strategic Analysis Advisor Center for Resilience at USAID

Tiffany Griffin currently leads the resilience measurement, monitoring, evaluation, and analysis work for the Center for Resilience at USAID.

Previously, she was Manager for Impact and Learning for the Democracy Fund, a private foundation in Washington, D.C., as well as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at USAID supporting the Feed the Future initiative. In this latter role, Tiffany provided leadership on food security resilience measurement, particularly with respect to impact evaluation. She also provided technical leadership on all phases of the evaluation process, including project management, design, implementation, dissemination and results translation. Using mixed-methods approaches and systems modeling, Tiffany has applied research techniques typically confined to the lab to complex real-world contexts. Prior to her food security work at USAID, Tiffany worked in the U.S. Senate on domestic health policy as well as on domestic food and nutrition policy. Tiffany Griffin received her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan and has Bachelors of Arts degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College.

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