The Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) is a network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners across 16 developing countries focused on tackling chronic poverty and getting to zero extreme poverty and deprivation (Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Viet Nam). Our mission is to ensure that chronically poor people are not overlooked by policy-makers. We do this by providing evidence to improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes at reducing chronic and extreme poverty.

CPAN emerged from the Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), which worked to assess and explain the extent and nature of chronic poverty in developing countries. CPRC was an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs, which ran for 10 years and published the first two international Chronic Poverty Reports.

We are looking to expand our network, in particular to the 30 countries with the largest numbers of poor people - if you or your organisation is interested in joining our network, please contact us.  

CPAN is currently hosted by the Overseas Development Institute in London. ODI is an independent think tank with 50 years’ experience of influencing policy and practice in the field of international development. Both ODI and CPAN combine the academic discipline of a research institute, with the innovative, forward-looking approach of a think tank, and the professional advisory capacity of a consultancy. 

Who we are



Andrew Shepherd is the Director of CPAN. Andrew has now led the production of three Chronic Poverty Reports, and recently also contributed strongly to the IFAD 2011 Rural Poverty Report. Previously director of the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, he has also worked on 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.

Vidya Diwakar is Senior Research Officer at CPAN. She is an econometric and policy analyst whose work focuses predominantly on the role of state fragility and conflict in sustaining poverty traps, and gendered human capital development as a means of long-term poverty reduction. She maintains a geographic interest in the Middle East North Africa region and South Asia.


Stefania Perna is Programme and Communication Manager at CPAN. She has extensively worked in project management for non-governmental and international organisations with a specific focus on democracy, conflict-prevention and capacity building for governments and civil society in Sub-Saharian Africa. Stefania is also expert in Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D). 


Sophie Bridonneau is CPAN Research Assistant. She just obtained her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Development from the Toulouse School of Economics in France. She previously studied economics and econometrics in Paris and in the UK. Sophie is particularly interested in policy evaluation methods applied to topics related to gender equality and women empowerment. She supports CPAN by performing data analysis and participating in communications and project management tasks.