Dates: April 2012 – April 2017

Funding: The European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme (Theme SSH)

SALDRU people: Patrizio Piraino (PI), Thomas Bossuroy, Justine Burns, Clara Delavallade, Malcolm Keswell, Murray Leibbrandt, Miquel Pellicer, Vimal Ranchhod and Eva Wegner


NOPOOR aims to build new knowledge on the nature and extent of poverty in developing countries to provide policymakers with a broader understanding of poverty. The project will identify key mechanisms that explain the persistence and exacerbation of poverty, which have been altered by the insertion of developing countries into the globalization process, including trade, aid, FDI and migration, and by the growing interdependence of economies.

Causes may differ between countries. This calls for policies and actions to be tailored to each poor country’s characteristics, including their access to resources, political regime, quality of institutions and governance. These points are developed by various approaches, including political economics, and different methods, such as surveys, econometric studies and case studies.

19 experienced partners are involved in the project, which includes 10 teams from developing and emerging countries in 3 regions (Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia). These countries have implemented different poverty reduction policies, and this will form the basis for the comparative and case studies approach taken.


NOPOOR will put significant resources into generating new knowledge from original surveys, database work and qualitative work. It will also look forward to future scenarios. Conclusions will be oriented to policy recommendations. Beyond this contribution to scientific knowledge, NOPOOR will pursue an active policy of dissemination and capacity building, including training of young Southern researchers and the implementation of a permanent network with National Institutes of Statistics (NIS).

SALDRU has 2 roles within this international network of participating partners:

(i) To provide 6 research outputs on SA
(ii) To provide scientific coordination of one of the core sub-themes, Education and Social Protection to Alleviate Poverty

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