Chronic Poverty Research Centre

January 2000

The Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which aims to focus attention on chronic poverty, deepening understanding of the causes of chronic poverty, stimulating national and international debate and providing research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction. It was established in 2000 with initial funding from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and is directed from the Overseas Development Institute. Kate Bird, Programme Leader for the Growth and Equity Programme, is Theme Coordinator for the CPRC’s work exploring the intergenerational transmission of poverty.


Social transfers: stimulating household-level growth

Briefing papers | January 2011 | Kathryn Bach
Social transfer programmes provide regular direct transfers (in cash or kind) to individuals or households with the primary objective of reducing poverty and vulnerability. They are financed from international aid or tax revenue, and are usually focused on the poor and...

Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty: Research Brief 5

Briefing papers | March 2010 | Kate Bird, Kate higgins
This 5th Intergenerational Transmission of Poverty Research Brief reviews the findings of four recently commissioned papers, drawing out their implications for understanding, explaining and developing policy against childhood, life-course and intergenerationally...

Curbing dowry practices: an anti-poverty imperative

Briefing papers | February 2010 | Kathryn Bach, Peter Davis
This policy brief also looks at the need for public policy aimed at ameliorating the negative social effects of dowry to take the economic consequences of unaffordable dowry into account, and dowry-focused policies should feature as part of broader poverty reduction...

Drivers of chronic poverty policy processes

Toolkits | February 2010 | David Walker, Nicola Jones
This series of guidance sheets aims to lend clarity to what drives the chronic poverty policy process in particular, although the broader approach could easily be adapted to other social and economic policy issue areas. The focus on chronic poverty was selected because...

Extending labour inspections to the informal sector and agriculture

Working and discussion papers | November 2009 | Priya Deshingkar
Labour inspections could, in theory, improve labour standards and help countries move towards decent work goals and the elimination of chronic poverty. But, in practice, inspections are either not conducted or do not result in penalties for those who break the law....

Very poor, for a long time, in many ways... Defining the poorest for policymakers

Working and discussion papers | December 2008 | Karen Moore, Ursula Grant, David Hulme, Andrew Shepherd
This paper introduces the ways in which the poorest are defined, conceptualised and counted, and attempts to identify the characteristics that make such poverty intractable in the face of policy. We apply the concepts of absolute and relative poverty, as well as those...

Services for the poorest: from angst to action

Working and discussion papers | December 2008 | Ursula Grant, David Hulme
For the poorest people, low level of access to basic services is both a cause and a consequence of their poverty and deprivation. A set of interacting factors means that supply-side and demand-side problems deny them access to health, education, and water and...

Policy Analysis Summary

Briefing papers | October 2008 | Andrew Shepherd
This short summary is designed to reflect the major work done to date in the CPRC under this heading, outlining some key findings; and also briefly to look forward to the future. It does this under three headings – the Chronic Poverty Report; country based work; and...

Agricultural growth, poverty dynamics and markets

Working and discussion papers | January 2008 | Andrew Shepherd, Martin Prowse
Agricultural growth is a particularly important pathway for addressing the needs of thechronically poor who, as a group, are particularly reliant on agriculture. In summarising key findings on agricultural growth and poverty reduction from country studies commissioned...

Chronic Poverty and Understanding Intra-Household Differentiation

Books or book chapters | July 2003 | Kate Bird
An examination of the intra-household dynamics is capable of highlighting how resources are generated, controlled and distributed in a household. What detail is lost if we use the household as our main unit of analysis in the Chronic Poverty Research Centre? How...