Poverty in a rising Africa: overview

Poverty in a Rising Africa is the first of a two-part volume on poverty in Africa. aimed at better understanding progress in poverty reduction in Africa and articulating a policy agenda to accelerate it. The report discusses the data challenges faced when measuring poverty and inequality in Africa and systematically reviews the measures of poverty… Read more

Mapping meritocracy: intersecting gender, poverty and higher educational opportunity structures

Widening participation in higher education can be a force for democratisation. It can also map on to elite practices and contribute to further differentiation of social groups. Those with social capital are often able to decode and access new educational opportunities. Those without it can remain untouched by initiatives to facilitate their entry into the privileges that higher… Read more

Socioeconomic gradients and child development in a very low income population: evidence from Madagascar

Our objectives were to document and examine socioeconomic gradients across a comprehensive set of child development measures in a population living in extreme poverty, and to interpret these gradients in light of findings from the neuroscience literature. We assessed a nationally representative sample of 3–6-year-old children (n = 1332) from 150 communities of Madagascar using standard… Read more

Mexico’s Model Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program for Fighting Poverty

This feature story highlights Mexico’s exemplary poverty fighting program, Oportunidades, which used results-based financing methods for a decade to help 25% of the population improve their health, nutrition and educational status. Research documenting the program’s results shows how using CCTs raised incomes and changed behavior.

Early Childhood in Focus 4: Effective Early Childhood Programmes

Published in collaboration with the Open University, Early Childhood in Focus offers accessible and clear reviews of the best and most recent available research, information and analysis on key policy issues, offering clear messages on core policy topics and questions. This publication, the fourth in the series, looks at the policy issues surrounding the early… Read more

Disability and Poverty in Developing Countries: A Multidimensional Study

Using World Health Survey (WHS) quantitative data, this study investigates the economic status of persons with disabilities in 15 developing countries, presenting a snapshot picture of several indicators of economic well-being and poverty across disability status. It has seven main findings. 1. Disability is significantly associated with higher multidimensional poverty in most of the developing… Read more

Education for diversity: The role of networking in resisting disabled people’s marginalisation in Bangladesh

This article examines the role networking has played, at local and national levels, in facilitating communication between key actors involved in challenging the marginalisation of disabled people from education and from wider Bangladeshi society. Efforts to promote awareness of the importance of including disabled children in their local schools have gained ground at national level… Read more

Including Disabled People in Poverty Reduction Work: “Nothing About Us, Without Us”

This article argues that the exclusion of disabled people from international development organizations and research reflects and reinforces the disproportionately high representation of disabled people among the poorest of the poor. The paper commences with a brief exploration of the links between impairment, disability, poverty, and chronic poverty, followed by a discussion of ways in… Read more

Promoting access to education for disabled children in low-income countries: Do we need to know how many disabled children there are?

This literature review asks whether a national survey of disability prevalence is the best starting point when promoting the educational inclusion of disabled children in low and middle-income countries. It is unlikely that most disabled children have complex and potentially very costly specific educational requirements. Many children have moderate impairments that, where a specific response… Read more

Education and Poverty

This helpdesk report presents the available evidence regarding the following aspects of the relationship between education and poverty: 1. Evidence of a link between increased educational provision and decreased poverty. 2. Evidence of education having a negative impact on poverty alleviation. 3. Negative effects of poverty on education. 4. Positive effects of poverty on education…. Read more

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