The Chronic Poverty Report on Growth

The Chronic Poverty Advisory Network is excited to announce the launch of the Chronic Poverty Report on Growth.

This report introduces the concept of 'Growth from Below' - involving small, usually informal, investments by individuals and households, enabled or disadvantaged by their working environments. Most governments promote ‘growth from above’, involving large, formal investments, while most people escape poverty through ‘growth from below’. Governments therefore need to balance their promotion and support for these two types of growth in order to maximise the rate of future poverty reduction.

This report analyses policies and programmatic approaches that directly help people out of poverty through the informal economy, women’s economic empowerment and the inclusion of most marginalised groups, agriculture, the rural non-farm economy and migration.

Learn more and download the report here.


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Event: Growth from below: tackling poverty from the bottom up

Using the key findings of the forthcoming Chronic Poverty Report on Growth, this high-level side event at the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum (HLPF) discusses the concept of ‘growth from below’ and its policy implications for sustained poverty reduction in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

This event will launch the publication of the Chronic Poverty Report on Growth

Read more and register here to follow it in person or online!


Poverty Dynamics: What is a 'transitory poverty escape'?

Learn more about our ‘Life Histories Approach’ on our What we do page.


CPAN's 10 Key messages to eradicate chronic and extreme poverty

What is chronic poverty?

Chronic poverty is the long and grinding poverty that people live in for many years, and for some people, for their whole lives. Chronically poor people need to be at the centre of poverty reduction policies if we are going to achieve the goal of eradicating extreme poverty for good.


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