A PEP training workshop in Poverty Measurement and Analysis was organized and provided by the Center for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from February 20 to 24, 2012. It was the first edition of this kind of PEP program to be held in the region, and its success led the organizers to decide to make it an annual event and expand its scope in the future.
Beyond local analysts and economist from the CEPA itself, the workshop attracted participants from several universities in Sri Lanka (University of Peradeniya, University of Jaffna, Open University of Sri Lanka, Eastern University) and Thailand (Srinakarinwirot University), as well as different institutions - such as the Central Bank in Sri Lanka, the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) - and local consulting firms.
The program comprised several training sessions in the following methodologies and themes of research:
- Development, wellbeing and poverty
- Empirical issues in measuring welfare
- An introduction to the use of DAD: software for distributive analysis: Assessing poverty lines, poverty measures and decomposing poverty (to produce robust poverty profiles)
- Growth and redistribution
- Multidimensional poverty
- Measuring inequality with DAD
- Introduction to Qualitative Research – approaches, design and tools
- Strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Mixing methods
Find more information on the specific event held by CEPA here, and on the PEP training program in Poverty Measurement and Analysis here. For information on the general services and other training programs offered in the context of PEP Schools, see the PEP School brochure.