World development report 2014: risk and opportunity - managing risk for development

The WDR 2014 argues that risk management can be a powerful instrument for development—not only by building people’s resilience and thus reducing the effects of adverse events but also by allowing them to take advantage of opportunities for improvement. This presentation at the UK launch of the report clarifies the importance, objectives and components of risk management, and what these imply for all societal levels, ranging from the individual to the international community.

The World Bank: A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality -Theory and Practice : Streamlined Analysis with ADePT Software

Authors: James, F. et alii. (for The World Bank)
Publication date: 2013

This World Bank publication is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality, as well as a user's guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank's ADePT software.

ODI: Eradicating global poverty: a noble goal, but how do we measure it?

In the context of the widespread support for a continued poverty focus after 2015 and the persistent challenges of measuring extreme poverty, ODI has asked several experts to make proposals as to how to measure poverty in a post-2015 agreement.

This second ODI working paper shares their contributions, which show some consensus but also several areas of contention.

Making Sense of 'Evidence'. Notes on the Discursive Politics of Research and Pro-Poor Policy Making.

Author(s): du Toit, A.

Publication Date: 2012 

This PLAAS paper explores some of the assumptions underlying ‘evidence based’ approaches to poverty reduction impact assessment. It takes a critical stance on Evidence-Based Policy and stresses that approaches to policy change need to focus on how evidence is used in the politically loaded and ideologically compelling ‘policy narratives’ that contest rival policy frameworks. A South African case study is included.