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Martin Greeley - Research Fellow

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Dr Martin Greeley is a Development Economist with over 40 years professional experience. Martin has directed several major research projects, focusing primarily on poverty reduction and has led major studies on the evaluation of aid. He spent ten years working on research projects in South Asia, (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh). In 2017-2018 he is working on two major research projects related to extreme poverty.

The first project is on graduation and is a partnership between IDS and Fonkoze in Haiti. It has five work-streams researching Fonkoze's Chemen Lavi Miyò Programme

The second is an ESRC-funded project on Graduation as Resilience which is researching a model of psychological well-being. The aim is to assess how programme inputs to strengthening the psychological well-being of female particpants contribute to improvements in material outcomes. 

He has worked with the World Bank, European Investment Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, African Development Bank and Asian Development Bank as well as several UN agencies and many bilateral donors.

Martin teaches Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He has held several senior positions including Head of Graduate Programmes at IDS, Member of Governing Body and also, for the University of Sussex, Chair of the Research Degrees Examination Board.

Main areas of research are: poverty reduction; aid and public policy; agricultural development; fragile states; impact assessment; and, microfinance.

It is widely understood that poverty undermines early childhood development (ECD). In turn, poor ECD reinforces intergenerational transmission of poverty. Economic strengthening through comprehensive social protection may offer a 'double boon': it can improve ECD in the short-term and reduce poverty in the long-run.

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The Haitian Graduation Research Programme is a partnership between IDS and Fonkoze. The research has five components designed to understand better the impact of Fonkoze's Graduation Programme for the extreme poor.

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What determines the success of a poverty eradication programme?

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IDS publications on international development research

Haiti: Who are the Ultra Poor? Fonkoze’s Programme for the Ultra Poor

The results testify to the ultra poverty of CLM households. They underline the importance of the graduation model in addressing poverty in Haiti and the case for its incorporation within the national social protection framework More details

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Poverty, voice and advocacy: a Haitian study

Over the past ten years, Fonkoze (a non-profit organisation in Haiti) has adapted the 'graduation' model of lifting families out of extreme poverty through its Chemen Lavi Miyò (CLM) or 'pathway to a better life' programme. Yet despite international recognition for this approach, Fonkoze’s work is little known within Haitian policy circles on social protection and poverty. More details

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Developing a Research Agenda for CLM, Fonkoze's Graduation Programme for the Extreme Poor in Haiti

Graduation programmes offer ultra poor families an integrated package of tailored interventions. These interventions work together to help the families develop the economic, social and psychological assets they need to remove themselves from the worst of extreme poverty within 18-24 months and to enable themselves to continue to progress even after the intervention is over. More details

This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 44.2, 'Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable'.

Real Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable

IDS Bulletin 44.2 (2013)

Developing real time information streams is about new ways of collecting traditional data, and of facilitating the sharing of existing data and knowledge across sectors and institutions. More details

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Context-Specific and Project-Induced Risk: Designing Projects for Promoting Resilient Livelihoods

IDS Bulletin 41.6 (2010)

Agriculture based projects can rarely operate without having a significant impact on their participants' exposure to risk. If participant risk is not adequately considered and addressed in a project's design, there can be negative implications for the project's outcome. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; Aid; Conflict Violence and Security; Microfinance; Globalisation; Digital technologies and ICTs; Poverty; Urbanisation.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Centre for Social Protection.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Haiti; India; Kenya; Mozambique; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Uganda.