Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems
SEEP Dialogues: Getting Lost in the Numbers: Poverty Indicators and Their Implications for Development Practitioners
Getting Lost in the Numbers:
Poverty Indicators and Their Implications for Development Practitioners
Poverty numbers matter for development practice. They frame understandings of the scale and scope of poverty reduction challenges. They can influence fundraising strategies and the targeting of funds. Development practitioners increasingly track, interpret, and report poverty indicators to donors, policymakers, and the public. Recently, a new report from the World Bank indicated that the first Millennium Development Goal of halving global poverty was met in 2010. Many observers have noted the difficulties of gathering reliable poverty numbers to inform practice and policy. As discussions launch this year to reframe the MDGs from 2015 forward, the informed voices of practitioners regarding ways to improve the collection and use of poverty measures can help shape global poverty reduction strategies. The invited panel and audience will together address how the contradictions and limits of poverty indicators can begin to be resolved. Questions to be considered include: How are global, national, and local poverty indicators developed and collected? What role can and should development practitioners play in their collection? How can indicators better inform the design and deployment of programs to attack poverty and promote sustainable, equitable growth? How do poverty numbers shape funding flows? How do statements about the prevalence of poverty affect organizations’ programming and strategies? Please join us for a lively discussion of these questions and their implications for practitioners.
The event took place on Tuesday, June 12 at Greeley Hall.
Panelists included: Laurence Chandy, Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution; Alex Counts, President and CEO at the Grameen Foundation; Chris Dunford, Senior Research Fellow
at Freedom from Hunger; and Peter Lanjouw, Manager, Poverty and Inequality, Development Economics Research Group at The World Bank. The event was moderated by David Myhre, Senior Advisor at the SEEP Network.
USAID's FIELD-Support LWA Program, managed by FHI 360, co-sponsored this event.
SEEP Dialogues is a forum designed to stimulate the exchange of ideas amongst microfinance and enterprise development practitioners and other key stakeholders. The topics of discussion reflect ongoing debates or challenges faced by SEEP members in their quest to build inclusive markets through financial and enterprise solutions. The Dialogues bring together a set of thought leaders to critically examine the issue at hand while actively engaging the audience.
SEEP is a nonprofit network of over 130 international organizations that believe in the power of enterprise to reduce global poverty.
Peter Lanjouw (The World Bank)
Laurence Chandy (The Brookings Institute)
Alex Counts (Grameen Foundation)
Chris Dunford (Freedom from Hunger)
Panel Q and A