Chronic Poverty Report 2023: Pandemic Poverty

Published on 1 July 2023


CPAN’s Chronic Poverty Report 2023: Pandemic Poverty produced by the IDS-hosted Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN), provides evidence and analysis on how policies and programmes shaped and were shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to help decision-makers and multi-lateral agencies prepare for future crises as well as suggesting recommendations to recover equitably from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The Chronic Poverty Report focuses on the highly negative effects of Covid-19 restrictions, and most importantly, the success or otherwise of the measures pursued to mitigate those effects on people in and near poverty. The leading message is that where restrictions are necessary, they should be minimised, and complemented by adequate measures to mitigate their negative effects.

The report shares important recommendations for decision makers, policy makers, and organisations working on poverty reduction and crisis management, on what needs to be done in a similar future crisis to avoid the economic and social reversals we have seen since 2020, as well as the steps on the road to recovery.

The report is based on empirical evidence and policy analysis conducted by CPAN and our partners in 8 low and middle income countries, as well as the 10 countries already involved in CPAN’s Poverty Monitoring Initiative.

Authors: Alfred Bizoza, Amanda Lenhardt, Andrew Shepherd, Arthur Moonga, Asif Shahan, Bipasa Banerjee, Chanmony Sean, Courtney Hallink, Joseph Simbaya, Kate Bird, Manjistha Banerji, Marta Eichsteller, Marty Chen, Mirza Hassan, Nashipai Karinten, Raeesa Rahemin, Roberte Isimbi, Santanu Pramanik, Sophany San, Theavy Chhom, Vidya Diwakar, and Yisak Tafere.


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Vidya Diwakar

Deputy Director, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network; Research Fellow, IDS

Andrew Shepherd

Director, Chronic Poverty Advisory Network; Honorary Associate

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