The Progress Out Of Poverty Index™, A Sum of All Its Parts


Preeti Wali is Communications Officer at the Grameen Foundation Social Performance Management Center (SPMC). She is based in Washington, DC. Preeti and her colleagues recently completed a trip to Senegal and Mali in support of Progress Out Of Poverty Index™ (PPI™) trainings. Check out our PPI blog for more posts, and you can keep up with our social performance work @gfppi on Twitter where we have been live tweeting during our travels.

“Can you drive a wheel? Can you drive a door?” As pictures of pieces of a car were passed around the room, these are the questions our trainers asked. Of course, the response was a resounding “No.” Just so, the trainers explained, “The PPI is like a car, you can only drive it if you have all the parts in place.”

The most common questions during training are usually around specific PPI indicators and how they are chosen, why they are chosen, and if they can be changed. However, the PPI is not just a compilation of random questions; each question is carefully chosen through a statistical logit regression process, based upon the national survey and the correlating strength of the questions, to determine poverty likelihood.

PPI trainers use exercises like the one about the car to show how those indicators are chosen, Trainees learn that the PPI is the sum of its parts, not to be broken apart. This said, it is common practice in the PPI development process and it is absolutely vital that we obtain input from institutions working on the ground to determine if there are large concerns with any of the indicators and, if so, to consider putting in a different indicator that is statistically relevant.

Continue reading this post, and check out the other notes from the field from Preeti and Sharlene:

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2 Responses to “The Progress Out Of Poverty Index™, A Sum of All Its Parts”

  1. zane beadles Says:

    ” Mali produces some of the best jelis in all of West Africa.”

  2. mukhtiar ali sahto Says:

    It is good tool to measure the poverty of the world through poverty score card prepared by mark shrinor, I also the part of the this survye in Pakista with Plan International. I have getten TOT through Mohammad Awais and have filled 3000 borrowers forms in Shahdadpur Sindh.It is really good tool, example of a car is also a reall fact.

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