Feed the Future
This project is part of the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative.

Poverty Tools

In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Microenterprise for Self-Reliance and International Anti-Corruption Act, which mandated that half of all USAID microenterprise funds benefit the very poor. To verify that USAID meets this target, subsequent legislation has required USAID to develop and certify low-cost tools for assessing the poverty status of microenterprise beneficiaries, and to require its microenterprise implementing partners to use those tools to measure and report the share of their beneficiaries who are very poor. Each USAID-developed Poverty Assessment Tool (PAT) consists of a short, country-specific household survey and a data entry template. For more information on the tools, please visit www.povertytools.org.