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Madagascar has one of the highest extreme poverty rates in the world and there has been very little progress recorded in reducing poverty in the country. Madagascar has experienced relatively low econoimc growth since political stability was achieved in 2013, is highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters, and has suffered significant setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Research on poverty in Madagascar is very limited and what little research does exist lacks robust evaluation methods. DEEP is working on innovations in data to measure extreme poverty, analysing of the main drivers of poverty in Madagascar, and studying what works to reduce extreme poverty.

Projects in the country

Project 1: Persistent poverty in the face of manifold shocks: Helping the least resilient in Madagascar’s Great South

Our researchers from Cornell Univeristy are working with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to design and implement the Measurement Indicators for Resilience Analysis (MIRA) protocol2. The core of MIRA is collection of monthly household-level data with the same households to better track shock response and lay the groundwork for improved targeting and impact assessment of resilience interventions. MIRA uses a platform-based survey tool that facilitates access to earlier information on households for panel data collection and information sharing. The data collection procedure is also community-based, to keep cost as low as possible, assure high retention of respondents, and also to be responsive to household and community needs.

Poverty Trends in Madagascar

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