IPAR-Rwanda and the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network (CPAN) are in the process of finishing an initial study on poverty dynamics in Rwanda which combines an analysis of a two wave panel data set and a set of 80 life history interviews. The study aims to explain the slowdown in the rate of poverty reduction in Rwanda, in a context of continued growth, reduced inequality, peace and stability. This will be achieved by identifying the patterns and drivers of sustained escapes out of poverty in Rwanda, by comparison with the drivers of chronic poverty – a measure of those who are left behind.
Rwanda drastically reduced its poverty rate over the period 2000-2014. However, according to the emerging EICV5 results, the rate of poverty reduction has now substantially reduced, suggesting that the way to poverty eradication may still be long. This study will enable an understanding of why this reduction has taken place, by developing an analysis of the policy-related and non-policy drivers of the underlying poverty dynamics through analysis of both the EICV data and complementary original qualitative research.
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