5 July 2012
Dr Shailen Nandy, of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion at the School for Policy Studies, has been awarded an ESRC Future Leaders Grant for £200k. His 3-year project is entitled “Are we there yet? Using the Bristol Approach to examine trends in absolute poverty in sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2015”.
Extreme poverty infringes the rights of hundreds of millions of people around the world. International declarations, conventions and targets like the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aim to eradicate extreme or absolute poverty. However, universal consensus about how poverty should be defined, assessed and tackled is lacking, and this has limited the effectiveness of anti-poverty strategies. Shailen’s work will use an internationally-accepted definition of absolute poverty, and a peer-reviewed methodology developed at the University of Bristol, to assess the extent, nature and dynamics of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa between 1995 and 2015.
“As the 2015 target for the MDGs approaches, governments and international organizations concerned with international poverty will require reliable data which are based on internationally-accepted definitions of poverty and respected methodologies. The project will provide such data, and provide an alternative to the often used and cited World Bank ‘dollar-a-day’ measure. Outputs will be published in English, French and Portuguese, which should make findings and materials accessible to beneficiaries across the whole of Africa”.
He will collaborate with colleagues at the universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape in South Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa. Shailen will be based in the School for Policy Studies, and mentored by Professor David Gordon.