Chronic poverty

Chronic poverty
An estimated 320 to 450 million people are trapped in chronic poverty. These are people who remain poor for much or all of their lives, often passing on their poverty to their children. The chronically poor experience multiple forms of deprivation and have benefited least from economic growth and development. They remain invisible, for the most part, to policy-makers.

The work of ODI on chronic poverty, led by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, aims to focus attention on the chronically poor by integrating research, policy analysis and policy engagement on this key issue. Our work includes thematic research, the facilitation of debate, detailed policy analysis and projects that develop policy-relevant qualitative and quantitative research.

We work in partnership with partners in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to study:

■the intergenerational transmission of poverty (IGT) from parents to children, to illuminate the nature and extent of chronic poverty;
■the role of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in alleviating chronic poverty, emphasising that the MDG targets cannot be achieved without delivering policies effectively for the chronically poor;
■how to help move people out of chronic poverty traps by promoting gender equality, offering social protection, delivering growth and tackling the issues that confront fragile states.


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