Poverty Toolbox

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Poverty Toolbox

Updated: 19 April 2018

Sida's Poverty Toolbox gathers tools and information to support the analysis and integration of multidimensional poverty throughout Sida's operations

Swedish development cooperation takes a multidimensional view of poverty, implying that poverty not only means lack of material resources, but also lack of power, voice and respect for human rights, lack of opportunities and choice, and/or lack of human security.

Sida identifies four dimensions of poverty

1. Resources
2. Opportunities and choice
3. Power and voice
4. Human security

The purpose of a multidimensional poverty analysis (MDPA) is to contribute to a shared and deeper understanding of multidimensional poverty, better knowledge about how Sida’s operations affect people living in poverty and better operational decisions that reflect the perspective of people living in poverty.

The Toolbox is available to download in full or by sections. The documents contain links that can be accessed by viewing the Toolbox online.

Poverty Toolbox in full.

Poverty Toolbox in sections

1. Conceptual framework

Conceptual framework and MDPA 2-pager include points of departures, the dimensions of poverty and vulnerability, and the contextual analysis of development.

2. Poverty Analysis

Poverty analysis includes key principles for MDPA, when to conduct a MDPA, how to conduct a MDPA, and different approaches to MDPA.

Guiding questions for interpreting the different dimensions of poverty and to facilitate analytical application.

Menu of indicators gathers some of the indicators that are helpful when conducting a multidimensional poverty analysis (MDPA).

MDPA report format suggests three alternative formats for structuring a MDPA report.

Workshop guide provides guidance to workshops when conducting a MDPA.

3. MDPA in Sida’s operations

MDPA in Sida’s strategy management provides guidance on how the conclusions from the MDPA should be integrated into the various operational decisions related to design and implementation of the strategy.

MDPA in the contribution management provides guidance on how the multi-dimensional approach to poverty provide a framework to assess 1) how development outcomes for Sida’s target groups – women, men, girls and boys living in poverty – are affected by the contribution, in what dimensions these groups experience poverty and which underlying causes of poverty the contribution addresses and 2) how it can be further strengthened.

Portfolio mapping provides guidance on how to map the portfolio in relation to the findings in an MDPA analysis.

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