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Joseph Ahi
• Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria
• Nigeria
• 02/07/19

PPI is one of the most reliable tools at the moment in determining the level of poverty in the Global South Countries(Developing Nations). A number of questions are set for data collection to measure the living conditions of the population to determine the outcome regarding whether that family and cluster of families and eventually a developing Nation could be termed poor or has made appreciable progress out of poverty.

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Marco Antonielli
• Nathan Associates
• United Kingdom
• 10/24/18

Hi PPI users and managers,

As you might know, the World Bank has recently updated the poverty rate figures for a range of developing countries. The new figures are generally based on 2015/16 data while the previous figures were based on 2010/11 data. Currently the PPIs are based on the 2010/11 survey waves, so my first question for the PPI managers is when could users expect updated PPIs to be published on the website?

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Luke McFadden
• Cambodia
• 02/05/18
• 1 Comment


I'm currently evaluating our organizations application and screening process, and I'm wondering how we might be able to use the PPI for screening and targeting?  We our a social NGO working with impoverished and vulnerable children.  I'm trying to help our organization have a consistent application and screening process.  Most of our locations receive hundreds of applications a year, but most don't fit our criteria.  

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Mathilde Bauwin
• Ada microfinance
• Luxembourg
• 12/12/17

Hi everyone,

The question is dedicated to MFIs which implemented the PPI: how much did/does it cost for your organization ? Did you integrate it in your MIS ? Do you have some recommendations to minimize costs and time of data collection ?

Thank you very much for your contribution.



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Jasim Sheikh
• Islamic Relief
• Pakistan
• 10/19/17
• 1 Comment

Hey All,

Has anyone tried to alter the questions and their responses/scores to try to make the tool more meaningful?

I'm from the Islamic Microfinance Unit of UK-based Islamic Relief Worldwide. We have developed an Android device form that takes the responses to our central MIS where all the scores are generated. We've piloted in Pakistan and we're in an early stage of the usage but we're mainly assessing how deep our outreach is. 

However, we have noticed that some responses and their scores are a bit broad. For ex.:

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Johanna Ryan
• VisionFund International
• United Kingdom
• 09/19/17

To all users: I would be really interested to hear from users how they are measuring changes to poverty over time.  If there is no perfect solution yet, then can we collaborate to create something?  

-Johanna Ryan, Social Performance Director, VisionFund International

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Julie Peachey
• Innovations for Poverty Action
• United States
• 06/13/17
• 1 Comment

More and more organizations are collecting PPI (and other) data via methods other than the traditional visit to a client at their home.  We'd like to know - what have you tried, what challenges have you had, and what is working?  


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Matt Ripley
• Impact Programme
• UK
• 04/13/17
• 1 Comment

Hi all,

A question from the DFID Impact Programme, which is working in the impact investing space. 

We've used the PPI to do research for some portfolio companies in Africa. While PPI is super cost-effective and yields insights which have both social (poverty rates) as well as business value (market segmentaiton by income level), we do have a concern about the personal nature of some of the questions. Would be interested to see if anyone else has encountered the same issues...or have good ways to deal with them.

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Julie Peachey
• Innovations for Poverty Action
• United States
• 04/04/17
• 1 Comment

Hi All PPI users  - We are creating a list of randomized controlled trials that have included PPI.  If your organization has used PPI in an RCT, please let us know about it via a comment to this post or by emailing us at ppi@poverty-action.org.  Thanks!

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Anna Rose Miller
• The MasterCard Foundation
• Canada
• 03/28/17

Some of our partners using PPI have inquired as to whether there are additional translations of the tool available. Specifically requested were translations into Wolof and Malagasy. It seems as if some translations of the tool are floating around- has anyone encountered any of the translations that have been done by organizations other than IPA? It would be very useful to have some sense of what PPI translations other organizations have undertaken, what the translation process was, and if any validation of the translated tool has been done.