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Resilience and Sustainable Poverty Escapes

Photo by Knowledge-based Integrated Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrition (KISAN) Project, Nepal

This collection highlights research commissioned by the USAID Center for Resilience aimed at expanding our understanding of the drivers of sustained and transitory poverty escapes across contexts and to draw out policy and programming implications that will contribute to USAID overall mandate. 

Since 2000 Malawi has achieved four of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including those on reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. The country started the MDGs with a particularly low base compared to other countries, making achievement of these...
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute , in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) , to conduct research on resilience and poverty escapes in Niger and six other countries of interest to better understand the sources of resilience that...
Cambodia experienced rapid and sustained economic growth averaging nearly eight percent per year between 1994 and 2015 , ranking sixth in the world for growth and attaining middle income status in 2015. This is matched by impressive poverty reduction, which fell from 52 percent in 2004 to 13.5...
In order to manage risk, successful farming increasingly takes place alongside diversification of livelihoods. As such, policy and program linkages within and between agriculture and other sectors are needed to ensure sustained escapes from poverty.
Health intersects with resilience and sustained poverty escapes in at least three ways. Poor health can be a shock or stressor; act as an important form of human capital; and be an outcome in and of itself that needs to be protected.
The Philippines has experienced a significant reductio n of poverty in the past 25 years. Poverty dropped from 27 percent in 1991 to eight percent in 2015 according to the international $1.90 a day poverty line. However, despite these improvements (driven in part by good economic performance and...
Transitory poverty escapes and impoverishment are a problem in Tanzania despite a notable fall in poverty since 2000. Indeed, the proportion of households experiencing sustained escapes only just exceeds the proportion experiencing transitory escapes, churning around the poverty line or becoming...
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute, in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), to conduct research into resilience and poverty escapes in select Feed the Future focus countries. Specifically, this research examined why some...
The South Asian, agriculture-based nation of Nepal experienced considerable poverty reduction over the last two decades, from 63.8 percent in 1995 to 30.8 percent in 2010. An increase in migration and remittances, non-farm diversification, higher non-farm wages and a decline in fertility rates have...
Since 2000 Malawi has achieved four of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) including those on reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. The country started the MDGs with a particularly low base compared to other countries, making achievement of these...
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute , in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) , to conduct research on resilience and poverty escapes in Niger and six other countries of interest to better understand the sources of resilience that...
Cambodia experienced rapid and sustained economic growth averaging nearly eight percent per year between 1994 and 2015 , ranking sixth in the world for growth and attaining middle income status in 2015. This is matched by impressive poverty reduction, which fell from 52 percent in 2004 to 13.5...
In order to manage risk, successful farming increasingly takes place alongside diversification of livelihoods. As such, policy and program linkages within and between agriculture and other sectors are needed to ensure sustained escapes from poverty.
Health intersects with resilience and sustained poverty escapes in at least three ways. Poor health can be a shock or stressor; act as an important form of human capital; and be an outcome in and of itself that needs to be protected.
The Philippines has experienced a significant reductio n of poverty in the past 25 years. Poverty dropped from 27 percent in 1991 to eight percent in 2015 according to the international $1.90 a day poverty line. However, despite these improvements (driven in part by good economic performance and...
Transitory poverty escapes and impoverishment are a problem in Tanzania despite a notable fall in poverty since 2000. Indeed, the proportion of households experiencing sustained escapes only just exceeds the proportion experiencing transitory escapes, churning around the poverty line or becoming...
The USAID Center for Resilience commissioned the Overseas Development Institute, in conjunction with the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), to conduct research into resilience and poverty escapes in select Feed the Future focus countries. Specifically, this research examined why some...
The South Asian, agriculture-based nation of Nepal experienced considerable poverty reduction over the last two decades, from 63.8 percent in 1995 to 30.8 percent in 2010. An increase in migration and remittances, non-farm diversification, higher non-farm wages and a decline in fertility rates have...