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Measuring poverty using the Progress out of Poverty Index®

An easy to use tool that measures poverty with just 10 questions. Already customised and translated for many different countries.

The $1.25 per day international poverty line is the most commonly used measure of poverty. International agencies use it, donors use it, and many NGOs and microfinance institutions want to make sure their programs are reaching people below this line. Unfortunately, determining whether a family actually lives on less than $1.25 per person per day can be extremely challenging – it’s not as simple as asking how much they earn. 

The Progress out of Poverty Index® – or PPI® for short – was created by the Grameen Foundation to address exactly this problem. It uses 10 simple questions, such as “What material is your roof made out of?” or “How many of your children are in school?” to determine the likelihood that  a particular household is living below the poverty line. The best part is that the tool has already been customised for 45 countries and can be downloaded for free on their website. Translations of the tool into local languages are also available from the website, although it took a while to find them at the very bottom of the download page.