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Poverty Toolbox

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 by sections. The documents contain links that can be accessed by viewing the Toolbox online.

Conceptual framework

The conceptual framework and MDPA 2-pager includes points of departures, the dimensions of poverty and vulnerability, and the contextual analysis of development.

Complements the MDPA with specific considerations of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on poverty:

Three alternative formats for structuring a MDPA report:

Guidance in workshops when conducting a MDPA:

Multidimensional Poverty Analysis in Sida’s operations

Guidance in how the conclusions from the MDPA should be integrated into the various operational decisions related to design and implementation of the strategy:

Guidance in 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
  2. How it can be further strengthened

Guidance in how to map the portfolio in relation to the findings in an MDPA analysis:

Examples of Multidimensional Poverty Analysis

Multidiensional Poverty Analysis framework has been used by Sida's country teams to analyse the development dynamics in our partner countries. The framework can be adopted to different contexts based on available information and consultations with partners. Below you find examples of how MDPA has been applied.

Updated: 10 February 2021