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Resilience and Sustained Escapes from Poverty: Highlights from Research in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Uganda

ACDI/VOCA, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
August 31, 2016

This brief summarizes existing knowledge and focuses on the issue of transitory escapes in particular, as a unique and concerning sub-set of impoverishment. The focus of this brief is to:

(i) define the phenomenon of transitory poverty escapes, linked to broader concepts of sustained poverty escapes and resilience;

(ii) highlight key enabling factors as well as the assets, attributes, and strategies that can mitigate the potential for impoverishment and transitory escapes;

(iii) outline basic data requirements for measuring impoverishment and transitory poverty escapes.

This synthesis is part of a suite of products produced by LEO to explore sustainable poverty escapes. Country case studies were published for BangladeshEthiopia and Uganda, along with a methodological note on conducting poverty dynamics research and an infographic. Additional resources include a brief on the policy and program implications of this research and insights from applying a multidimensional poverty lens.

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