CPAN works to keep international attention focused on the fight against extreme and chronic poverty, to identify and understand which policies are effective for poverty reduction - and why.
On this page you will find the latest and most updated information on CPAN's work, activities and programmes as well as the latest relevant discussions in the field of chronic poverty eradication. CPAN blog provides an opportunity to share knowledge and discuss issues of importance to chronic poverty. The blog is written by the CPAN team but we welcome external contributions. If you would like to contribute with a blog post, please contact us.
Lessons from history indicate that changes needed to take place in both de jure legislation and in shifting cultural practices, with changes to public discourse as an early part of the process. This is not to suggest that policy transfer is possible or even desirable, but to highlight that achieving progress in gender equitable norms and institutions has never happened overnight before
CPAN is currently working on evaluating the key set of policies in the 31 countries with more than 5 million extremely poor people in 2011, that have the potential to get equitable progress underway during the first 5 years. The goal is to contribute to national and international discussions regarding priority actions and practical first steps to ensure that no one gets excluded from the progress toward zero poverty.
Interviews at the margin of the technical workshop for the 4th Chronic Poverty Report on Growth, 19th June 2017, Overseas Development Institute, London, UK
A blog by Duncan Green, strategic adviser for Oxfam GB, on the CPAN Event ‘Shouting at the system won’t make it work!’ and his thoughts on the use of indexes to hold local officials to account.
A reflection on the CPAN event 'Eradicating poverty: using poverty dynamics to enhance development efforts' by Alfred Bizoza, Director of Research at IPAR Rwanda.
This event explores the latest debates, evidence and practice on social accountability, civil society advocacy and local government service delivery. It considers how current policy and assumptions could be revised to more effectively address critical blockages in public service delivery.
Photo PANITA/ Save the Children Tanzania
Some people can get poorer amid growth, even rapid growth, others can be impoverished (become poor) or be downwardly mobile, or have other dramatically negative experiences – malnutrition, unhappiness, or a loss of community. Andrew Shepherd participated in the workshop 'Immiserizing growth' organised by the University of Toronto to discuss the topic.
Picture Credits: Panos Pictures
Andrew Shepherd reports on the ECOSOC meeting on policy integration for poverty eradication in New York, in May 2017. He relates on the discussion and on how CPAN has and can contribute to it.
On the 8th of March 2017, to celebrate women, and particularly poor women in developing countries, CPAN organised a very insightful round-table event to discuss the importance of including women and girls on the Leave No One Behind agenda.
IWD 2017 CPAN Blog series: #3 - Bundled interventions or an ecosystem approach to women economic empowerment, with interventions addressing challenges in different institutions or sectors, are likely to be the most effective.
IWD 2017 CPAN Blog series: #2 - Why do we think women’s economic empowerment matters so much? Without it, many women cannot demand the right to go out to work, run their own business, own land or other assets or control the money that they earn. Without being able to do these things, getting out of poverty is difficult, and their children may also not get the good start in life they need to escape poverty.
IWD 2017 CPAN Blog series: #1 - Give a chronically poor woman a fish and you feed her for a day; teach a chronically poor woman to fish and you feed her (and her family and future generations) for a lifetime.
In celebration of the 2017 International Women’s Day (8th of March), the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) is holding an invitation-only ODI Roundtable to discuss Women’s Economic Empowerment and the practical measures to ensure no one is left behind.
One of the strongest messages of the Agenda 2030 framework is that no one will be left behind in the work to reach a sustainable development by 2030. This means that the poorest and most marginalized and discriminated people must be taken on board. The question is: What works best for whom, and why?
Shofiqul, from Jessore district, Bangladesh, is now 60 years old. During the 1990s, he cultivated rice, jute, wheat and lentils on his own land. By the early 2000s, him and his family were doing very well. Now however, he says that his family has fallen to its lowest level; “in present we only eat rice with salt…in the last few years I have only dreamed about buying an egg. In the last five years, I am unable to give any saree, soap and oil to my wife.”