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Sharada Ramanathan
• 05/06/19
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To make it easy to assess and compare the consumption-based welfare of different beneficiary groups, we construct multiple poverty lines for each PPI. Each poverty line is associated with a distinct definition of household poverty and may be relevant to a specific use and context. This blog explains how organizations can select appropriate poverty lines for their purpose.

(Note: This blog post is the fourth installment of the PPI Practitioner Guidance Series. For more information, read the first installment on setting poverty outreach goals, the second installment on transitioning to the new 2011 PPP lines, and the third installment on five common errors to avoid when using the PPI.)

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Global Partnerships
• 03/22/19
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An interview with Tara Murphy Forde, Senior Vice President, Research & Impact, Global Partnerships

Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-first investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. At GP, we create and manage funds that make loans and early stage investments in social enterprises that serve people living in poverty throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, and sub-Saharan Africa. Five years ago, we spun out our Research and Impact Team to strategically define, measure, and strengthen the impact of our investments. As part of this effort, we developed a poverty measurement methodology that helps us understand whether our investments are reaching those we aim to serve.

Today we use poverty data to screen, select, and monitor the outreach of our social enterprise partners and our analysis informs our investment decisions; not only whether to invest, but on what terms. We continue to iterate and strengthen our approach, but there have been some key steps and learnings along the way, which I will attempt to distill here in the event they are of service to others embarking on a similar pursuit.

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Fusion
• 01/09/19
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An interview with Devesh Sachdev, Founder & CEO and Shalini Singh, Senior Manager – Social Performance at Fusion Microfinance

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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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