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Participatory Poverty Assessments (PPA)


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A participatory poverty assessment (PPA) collects poor people's views regarding their own analysis of poverty and the survival strategies that they use. PPAs have three main elements:
  • a greater understanding of the multidimensional nature of poverty and inclusion of the perspective and priorities of poor people in poverty analysis
  • wider ownership and direct influence of the analysis by a cross-section of society
  • increased local capacity to analyze and monitor poverty and policy impacts

PPAs focus on poor people's capacity to analyze their situations and to express their priorities themselves. PPAs are an effective tool for obtaining direct feedback from the poor on a country's poverty profile and the impacts of policy reform.

The documents below describe PPAs in more detail. They give examples of its use, describe the types of instruments necessary for using it, and highlight its advantages and disadvantages.

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