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Sharada Ramanathan
• 10/24/18
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The Poverty Probability Index (PPI®) is a simple poverty measurement tool. Even so, using the PPI incorrectly can lead to erroneous conclusions. In this third installment of the PPI Practitioner Guidance Series, we will talk about common errors that PPI users make, and how you can avoid them.

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hesper
• 10/24/18
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Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the American Evaluation Association's AEA365 blog.

I am Heather Esper of the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan. At AEA 2018 I’ll be joined with my co-panelists, Julie Peachey of Innovations for Poverty Action and Scott Graham of FINCA International, to share how poverty data can provide unique insights into a company’s clients or program’s beneficiaries.

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Julie Peachey
• 04/09/18
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Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the American Evaluation Association's AEA365 blog.

It’s no surprise to me that the first Sustainable Development Goal is “End Poverty in all its forms everywhere’’ as so much of our international development work is designed with this objective in mind.  But how does an organization – social enterprise, NGO, corporation, impact investor – understand and report its contribution to this goal?

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Sharada Ramanathan
• 01/25/18
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As you may know, in October 2015, the World Bank released the new International Poverty Line. The new line boosts the 2005 level, $1.25 based on 2011 local prices converted to US dollars, up to $1.90/day. While it seems like a simple adjustment, measuring poverty across times and countries is an inherently fuzzy process.

The purpose of this second installment of the PPI Practitioner Guidance Series (read the first installment here) is to explain why these two lines are not necessarily equivalent at the level of individual countries, and how PPI users who are currently using the 2005 PPP lines to measure poverty may transition to using the 2011 PPP lines.

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Sharada Ramanathan
• 12/08/17
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This is a question that many PPI users grapple with. As an organization that serves the poor, what is the measurable metric related to reaching the poor that we must aim for? To paraphrase the well-known Goldilocks fairy tale – how do I ensure that it is neither too high, nor too low, but just right?

This first installment of the PPI Practitioner Guidance Series demonstrates how applying the PPI to your customer base and determining who you already serve before setting targets will generally ensure that your poverty goals are realistic.

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Julie Peachey
• 11/20/17
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Since Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) became the new home of the PPI in 2016, IPA has proven to be an excellent fit for further scaling the PPI, as we are able to tap into its survey and data quality expertise in country offices around the world. Over the past year, we have made great progress towards our objective of having a long-term sustainable model for the tool, including a technical team and scorecard development capacity that is institutionalized at IPA.

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Julie Peachey
• 11/13/17
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Editor's note: This post originally appeared on the Impact Management Project blog.

blog post that I recently read about concepts in ICT for Development (ICT4D) introduced me to the German word ‘Eierlegendewollmilchsau’.  Despite having a father who immigrated to the US from Germany and learning German in high school, I had never heard that word before. The idea of an “egg-laying wool-milk-sow” soon made me think of all the things that international development practitioners want a measurement tool to do for them. They want an ‘all-in-one’.

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Julie Peachey
• 10/31/17
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In 2016, we formed the PPI Alliance to provide the needed funding and governance structure for the PPI’s future as a global standard for household-level poverty measurement. PPI moved its home from that of its incubator, Grameen Foundation, to Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). It’s a little more than one year after that move, and I’m thrilled to share that we have some exciting changes to announce!

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amrikcooper
• 10/17/17
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Editor's note: This post, authored by Amrik Cooper of SurveyCTO, originally appeared on the SurveyCTO blog.

We are pleased to announce our first pre-built SurveyCTO form, in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).

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Injaro
• 06/15/17
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Injaro’s current fund, Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings Limited (IACHL), with US$49 million under management, was established in 2012 to invest in small to medium size companies along the agricultural value chain in West Africa. With investments in ten companies located in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, IACHL is the largest fund investing 100% of its funds in the West African agricultural sector. We aim to become the premier conduit for capital to SMEs in West Africa by supporting entrepreneurs in developing strong businesses that will be a catalyst for economic growth and improve the livelihood of the communities in which they operate. We will achieve this by deploying capital efficiently and by actively developing our investees to generate strong returns for our investors and sustainable impact within the communities where our investees operate.

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