nopoor - Enhancing Knowledge for Renewed Policies against Poverty
EU - Seventh framework programme
Cooperation - Social Sciences and Humanities
SSH.2011.4.1-1. Tackling poverty in a development context
Coordinator: IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris
Duration: 5 Years / April 1st 2012 – March 31st 2017
EU Contribution: 8 000 000 EUR
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nopoor aims at rethinking poverty – and developing strategies that may lead out of poverty.
The Oikodrom research tasks in nopoor consist in participatory research about theory and practice of poverty alleviation projects in selected field studies. We also lead the dissemination processes, in particular the knowledge transfer between scientists, policy makers and the media, on a national as well as on an international level.
nopoor identifies local and idiosyncratic components of poverty and will also draw on recent experiences in selected regions to envisage what can be done elsewhere: to what extent can strategies in one country inspire actions in another.
nopoor takes a comprehensive approach to poverty, covering all its facets, processes and dynamics. We know that poverty is a multi-dimensional phenomenon, as revealed by the most recent research such as the Multidimensional Poverty Index. However, nopoor will explore new and uncharted aspects, including non-monetary poverty, the role of social networks, urban segregation and the conditions that enable access to new technologies. This dynamic approach will lead to a broader-based study of the formation of inequalities while taking in political aspects and the effects of globalisation. Over one hundred researchers will take part in the five-year project from 2012 to 2017.
Politics plays an important part in explaining the formation of inequalities and hence as an explanatory factor for poverty. International, national and local politics are of particular interest to the nopoor project, espe¬cially the links between political regimes and economic choices and their repercussions on the distribution of income. Other study areas are how poverty is affected by international aid and the influx of new aid players, international trade and, more generally, globalisation.
This project will collect a multitude of original data at the grassroots level together with its different partners. nopoor will also help improve qualitative and quantitative collection methods and will, accordingly, develop a partnership with the statistics institutes in the different Southern countries.
nopoor will provide politicians with new analyses and a greater under¬standing of the areas in which they could make a difference, thereby giving them what they need to implement more effective policies. In this respect, nopoor will develop comparative studies with a particular focus on the conditions for successful poverty-reduction policies in selected countries and how to tailor them to other countries, actively disseminating our research findings locally and worldwide.
Another nopoor priority is building research capacity through the training of students and researchers from partner institutions.
nopoor regards eradication of poverty as an urgent imperative. In an overall statistical sense, the global standard of living appears to be rising: Official reports indicate growing gross national products even in devel¬oping or threshold countries. But a closer look reveals that both hidden poverty and the gap between rich and poor are constantly on the rise.
Poverty determinants usually considered common to all developing countries are quite well known. However, in the recent past, this knowledge has not been sufficient for tackling all dimensions of poverty as quickly as expected. nopoor will explore the nature of poverty in detail, at different levels, from national to local levels and households, where vulnerability can differ according to a member’s position. Case studies will give a better understanding of specific causes of why poverty reduction policies succeed or fail.
nopoor will unfold future scenarios: ‘surprising futures’, based on vision¬ing activities of societal stakeholders and political actors in the global arena will be developed. Through the nopoor approach, which combines global factors and consideration of marginalized people, we intend to come up with a better understanding of the links between poverty, politics, and local stakeholders and institutions so that more suitable and effective policies can be put in place, especially in laws, rules and good practices.
This project is funded by the European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme (theme SSH). Grant agreement nr 290752.
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