Evaluating anti-discrimination measures

Anti-discrimination measures are a key part of poverty eradication policies, and without them, certain categories of people will remain in, or slide back into, poverty. This is the starting-point for this project. It seeks answers to the question: which measures have worked in reducing discrimination against excluded groups and the poorest people, including the poorest children, in lower- and middle-income countries?

In order to answer this question, the project’s methodology includes a systematic review of the literature on this topic, a cross-country quantitative analysis of inequality of outcomes and levels of discrimination, as well as in-depth country evaluations. This process aims at producing a series of outputs:

  • A systematic review and cross country quantitative assessment of inequality of outcomes and levels of discrimination; what information and evaluations already exist of anti-discrimination measures, and how they work
  • Do Anti-Discrimination Measures Reduce Poverty Among Marginalised Social Groups? - a report which investigates how  anti-discrimination policies and programmes contributed to reducing poverty among the poorest people?
  • Three to six in depth country evaluations and a synthesis (in a second phase to be planned in detail soon); 
  •   The production of several Policy Guides and a future Chronic Poverty Report, which will draw from some of the outputs of this research 

An Evaluation Partnership has been formed of (a) the implementing team at ODI/CPAN, (b) the project’s funders (Save the Children, the Swedish Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Unicef UNFPA and (c) leading advisers on anti-discrimination measures, to steer the work. This represents a new approach to evaluation – where the evaluators initiate the evaluation and work in partnership with funders and an expert group.

This first phase of the project has developed 2015 until March 2016. It is conducted by members of the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) and other researchers at the Overseas Development Institute

A discussion on the research findings of this first phase have been held in the event Reflections on the CPAN event "Anti-discrimination measures: a path out of poverty