Department for International Development/Pete Lewis
The world's poorest people lack capital and skills and toil for others in occupations that others shun. This project examines randomised evaluations of an innovative anti-poverty program which tackles capital and skills constraints at the same time in an effort to encourage occupational change among the world’s poorest women.
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Can schemes like Avon be an important poverty reduction tool? This study, located in South Africa, assesses the sustainability of income Avon representatives earn, and explores the way this selling system affects communities to determine whether or not the scheme generates new wealth for impoverished communities.
Young man with mobile phone in Ghana
This project explores how the rapid expansion of mobile phone usage is impacting on young lives and examines how policy makers can support the positive aspects of change. Mixed-method, participatory, child-centred studies will be conducted across Ghana, Malawi and South Africa.
flickr.com/photos/jafsegal/23166725889/ Varanasi, India

Poor people’s lack of voice and influence are globally recurring themes their own accounts of their poverty, and are indicative of their wider political disempowerment. This project evaluates attempts to tackle this core element of poverty through local governance reform. Its central research question is: to what extent do participatory initiatives within local governance enhance poor people’s opportunities for political empowerment?

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