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Sustainable Poverty Escapes: What Resilience and Risk Factors Really Matter?

Sep 01, 2016
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Sustainably ending poverty means ensuring that households that have escaped poverty do not descend back into poverty over time. It also means ensuring that non-poor households do not fall into poverty in the first place. In three case studies of rural populations in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Bangladesh, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), through the Leveraging Economic Opportunities (LEO) project, has investigated these poverty dynamics. This work highlights the risk and resilience factors that influence how and when poverty escapes are sustainable and when they are not.

This joint Microlinks and Agrilinks special event was supported by the USAID Center for Resilience, Bureau for Food Security, and Bureau for Economic Growth, Education & Environment. Our panelists presented and discussed the findings from those case studies, as well as the policy and programmatic implications of building resilience to ensure poverty escapes are sustainable over time. 


Andrew Shepherd
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

imageAndrew Shepherd is the Director of the 

imageChronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) at ODI. Andrew has now led the production of three Chronic Poverty Reports, and also contributed strongly to the IFAD 2011 Rural Poverty Report. Previously director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, he has also led several large evaluations of anti-poverty policies and programmes. He has been a director of programmes at ODI and was previously a staff member of Unicef in Sudan as well as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Birmingham University. His major developing country experiences have been in Ghana, India, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

Lucy Scott
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

 imageLucy Scott is a Research Fellow with ODI's S

 imageLucy Scott is a Research Fellow with ODI's Social Protection Programme and Chronic Poverty Advisory Network and has co-authored several reports dealing with chronic poverty and labor, including Working Out of Chronic Poverty: an Employment Policy Guide, and The Chronic Poverty Report 20147-2015: The Road to Zero Extreme Poverty. Her work focuses on livelihoods and social protection approaches to reach, and help, the poorest households and on analysis of pathways out of extreme poverty and the policy and programs which can support these. She has worked as a long-term consultant in a range of contexts including for the World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), the Chronic Poverty Research Centre at ODI, and on the Chars Livelihoods Program in Bangladesh.

Vidya Diwakar
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

imageVidya Diwakar is a Research Officer in the Chronic Povert

imageVidya Diwakar is a Research Officer in the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network at the Overseas Development Institute. She is an econometric researcher and policy analyst whose work focuses on investigating household-level poverty dynamics. Within this, her main interests are in examining the role of state fragility and conflict in sustaining poverty traps, and in promoting gendered human capital development to sustain poverty escapes. She maintains a geographic interest in the Middle East North Africa region and South Asia.

Syed Hashemi
The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

imageSyed M Hashemi has a long career in teaching, research and managing program

images for the poor. He taught Economics at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh, directed an anti-poverty research program at Grameen Trust, and set up a development institute and chaired the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. He spent nine years with CGAP, at the World Bank, focusing on financial inclusion of the poorest and ensuring a social performance bottom line in microfinance. He also headed a multi-country program to develop new pathways to graduate out of extreme poverty and food insecurity through integrating social protection, livelihood activities and financial services. Hashemi continues to be Senior Advisor for the graduation program at CGAP. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Riverside.

Susan Markham
USAID/ Office of the Administrator
<img src="/sites/default/files/events/images/Susan_Markham_0.jpg" width="100" height="98" alt="" title="Susan Markham" />Susan Markham is the Un
ited States Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. In that role, she works to improve the lives of people around the world by advancing equality between females and males, and empowering women and girls to participate fully in and benefit from development of their societies. Susan’s work has taken her to over 50 countries around the world where she has conducted trainings, facilitated working groups, engaged political parties and civil society organizations and addressed numerous conferences on the importance and best practices of increasing women’s involvement in the political process.