The Poverty Probability Index (PPI®) is a poverty measurement tool for organizations and businesses with a mission to serve the poor.  The PPI is statistically-sound, yet simple to use: the answers to 10 questions about a household’s characteristics and asset ownership are scored to compute the likelihood that the household is living below the poverty line – or above by only a narrow margin.  With the PPI, organizations can identify the clients, customers, or employees who are most likely to be poor or vulnerable to poverty, integrating objective poverty data into their assessments and strategic decision-making. 

The latest version of the PPI for Zambia was created in November 2017 by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). Indicators in the PPI for Zambia are based on data from Zambia's 2015 Living Conditions Monitoring Survey.

This PPI update is based on IPA's new PPI methodology; see our FAQs and full announcementThis updated Zambia PPI, as well as all PPIs released after July 2017, are not the same as the Simple Poverty Scorecards produced by Mark Schreiner of Microfinance Risk Management, L.L.C. Our FAQs describe the difference between the Simple Poverty Scorecard and PPI as well as other commonly asked questions about the transition to the new methodology.

Please take note that the 2015 PPI for Zambia is not comparable to the 2010 PPI. Download this guide (English, PDF, log-in required) for more information on transitioning to a new version.

Zambia PPI Downloads

PPI Scorecards+Look-up Tables

PPI Data Analysis Tool

PPI User Guide

PPI Interview Guidance


This PPI was field tested by the Innovations for Poverty Action - Zambia office, and reviewed by users. To obtain the results of these exercises, please e-mail us.