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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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AKAM
• 10/20/17
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Written by the AKAM Market Insights Team

For more than 60 years, various agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) have offered microfinance services through integrated development programmes and self-standing microfinance institutions. In 2005, these programmes were brought together under the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM). AKAM is present in Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Egypt, Syria, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Madagascar. The underlying objectives of AKAM are to reduce poverty, diminish the vulnerability of poor populations and alleviate economic and social exclusion. AKAM does this by delivering a full range of cost-effective, client-centered financial products and services to poor and low-income households and small businesses.

AKAM adopted the PPI across its network in 2014 to assess poverty outreach and changes in its clients’ poverty levels over time. AKAM decided to use the PPI because it is a simple way to measure our poverty outreach based on the likelihoods that our client households have expenditures below a given poverty line.

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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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Catholic Relief Services
• 05/29/17
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An interview with Samuel Beecher, Research Officer, Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, seeks to preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teachings to promote human development in the United States and abroad.

In partnership with the MasterCard Foundation (MCF), CRS started the Expanding Financial Inclusion (EFI) in Africa program in 2014. To this end, the project aims to create 19,200 new Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) groups with 502,320 members using the Private Service Provider (PSP) methodology in four countries in Africa—Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia—by September of 2017. The goal of EFI is to expand financial service access to vulnerable households to improve their resilience. EFI’s monitoring and evaluation team uses the PPI to measure the depth of poverty outreach among SILC group members and comparison households in the community.

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iDE
• 05/25/17
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An interview with Chris Nicoletti, iDE

International Development Enterprises (iDE) has been putting business to work for the poor for more than three decades, using market-based solutions to change the living conditions and livelihoods of millions of people around the globe. iDE began using the PPI in 2013 for a series of quasi-experimental impact evaluations of micro-irrigation programs in Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia.

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