Strengthening local capacities for Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) in developing countries


In 2010, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has agreed to support a new PEP capacity building initiative for "strengthening local capacities for Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) in developing countries". The initiative builds on the ongoing work of PEP in research capacity building in developing countries, especially in developing the training programs of the PEP schools. It followed from the experience of a 2008 initiative to strengthen capacities for poverty analysis in Namibia, which was co-led and carried out by the Central Bureau of Statistics in Namibia, the UNDP and Université Laval (PEP North American Office) - with funding from the UNDP Thematic Trust Fund for Poverty Reduction.


The general aim of the PEP-UNDP PSIA initiative is to enable local experts to produce high-quality ex-ante and ex-post assessments of the impacts of public policies, reforms and interventions on the distribution of welfare. This is achieved through a series of designated training programs and support material offered in classroom and online, and customized to individual country analysis needs. It is envisaged that the capacity strengthening programs could evolve into a more permanent resource for countries to draw on in designated research and training facilities.

 The specific objectives of this initiative are to: 

  1. Enhance the skills of researchers and officials to conduct poverty and social impact assessments using quantitative data and state-of-the-art methods: 
  2. Enhance the capacity of data producers to generate quality data and improve access to it: 
  3. Raise the interest of policymakers for better-informed policymaking;
  4. Foster national, regional and international networking in poverty and social impact analysis and policy influence:
  5. Complement global research initiatives such as the PEP Research Network, in which inadequate research capacity often inhibits poorer countries researchers to participate.

The projects

Ten individual country research projects were supported through this initiative: 

  • PMMA-12291 Ukraine (Katerina Rybalchenko)
    Poverty and Social Impact Analysis (PSIA) of Increase of  Natural Gas Prices and Selected Social Guarantees.
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2013-12
  • PMMA-12292 Togo (Aristide Kielem)
    Analyse de l’impact des politiques gouvernementales de réponse aux crises mondiales récentes
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2013-10 (in French)
  • PMMA-12294 Benin (Dieudonné Bléossi M. DAHOUN)
    Politique sociale (mise en oeuvre du programme de Microcrédit aux Plus Pauvres) et autonomisation de la femme au Bénin
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2013-13 (in French)
  • PMMA-12287 Armenia (Armen Grigorian)
    Trade Liberalization between EU and Armenia: A Poverty and Social Impact Analysis
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2013-15
  • PMMA-12290 Uganda (Sebastian Levine)
    Universal Primary Education in Uganda: Equity in opportunities and human capital investment
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2013-17
  • PMMA-12285 Saint-Lucia (Augustus Cadette)
    PSIA: The Future Impact of the Value-Added Tax (VAT) in Saint Lucia
  • PMMA-12286 Niger (Boubakar Djibo Boukar)
    Le Plan de Développement Sanitaire : Analyse d’impact sur la pauvreté et le social au Niger
    Report(s): PEP working paper 2014-07
  • PMMA-12288 Namibia (Jan Swartz)
    An Analysis of the Impact of Income Tax Reforms on Poverty and Inequality in Namibia
  • PMMA-12289 Egypt (Dalia Bayoumi)
    Impact Monitoring Study for the first phase of the integrated Development Government of Egypt 1000- Poorest Villages
  • PMMA-12293 Lesotho (Alka Bhatia)
    The Impact of Electricity tariff increases on Poverty in Lesotho

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