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There is a real challenge in developing resilience-building programs when so many over-lapping mechanisms co-exist that perpetuate poverty. Research, policy and programming cannot just acknowledge someone is poor, but needs to understand exactly why someone is. The more we know about what creates poverty traps, the better positioned we will be to design programs and policies to overcome them.

In 2016, the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Assets and Market Access and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), hosted a conference to highlight cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines on the mechanisms that keep people trapped in poverty. The November 2018 launch of the conference volume, The Economics of Poverty Traps (University of Chicago Press), expands the discussion on what perpetuates poverty and draws practical conclusions on how we can better design, target and evaluate development policies and interventions to create escapes.

Please join us in-person on December 6th for a morning of insights and conversation focused on the key findings from the book.

Speakers include Michael Carter (UC Davis), Christopher Barrett (Cornell University), Karen Macours (Paris School of Economics), Duncan Thomas (Duke University), and Greg Collins (USAID)

The conference objectives are to:

  • Draw attention to new research on human capabilities and aspirations. Failure to acknowledge these complex elements may lead to less effective policy efforts and wasted scarce resources.
  • Demonstrate how resilience and risk overlap creating effects both vicious and virtuous. Designing multi-faceted interventions so only the positive impacts are amplified is essential to sustainable development.
  • Delineate further implications for the design and evaluation of policies and programs intended to create poverty escapes and build resilience among vulnerable populations.

By sharing these lessons learned with the development community, we hope to contribute to the strengthening of resilience programming and policy impacts.

Please visit basis.ucdavis.edu for more information about this event.

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