Sustaining Poverty Escapes in Tanzania - Policy Implications Brief

Shepherd, A.
Publication language
Date published
01 Aug 2018
Research, reports and studies
Development & humanitarian aid, Livelihoods, Poverty
United Republic of Tanzania

This brief draws on results of mixed methods research in Tanzania, to offer policy and programming implications for sustained poverty reduction.

The Government of Tanzania has focused on poverty reduction as a core objective of policy since 2000. There was growth throughout this period, and significant poverty reduction from 2007 to 2014, but also impoverishing effects. This research research investigated the extent and drivers of transitory and sustained escapes from poverty to better understand the sources of resilience that enable people to sustainably escape poverty given the complex risk environments in which they live.

The data sources that the research in Tanzania draws on are: (i) analysis of the Tanzania National Panel Survey (NPS) ; (ii) key informant interviews in 2017 with a range of policy makers, researchers, development partners and program implementers; and (iii) 24 gender-disaggregated focus group discussions and qualitative interviews with 80 households across Iringa, Dodoma, and Morogoro in 2017/2018 to investigate the pathways of sustainable poverty escapes.

This brief responds to the question: how can programs be designed and implemented to support sustained escapes from poverty and tackle chronic poverty?