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Handbook for Integrating Poverty Impact Assessment in the Economic Analysis of Projects

Institutional Document | December 2001

This Handbook is intended to assist ADB project analysts in understanding the poverty reducing effects of operations by integrating poverty impact assessment in the economic analysis of projects.

ADB's overarching objective of poverty reduction has further intensified efforts to integrate poverty analysis and impact assessment with the respective stages of ADB operations. ADB's Poverty Reduction Strategy sets out three pillars of poverty reduction: (i) pro-poor sustainable growth, (ii) social development, and (iii) good governance. Interventions under each pillar can have varying degrees or direct or indirect impact on poverty. It is often difficult to decide how much emphasis to place on each approach, especially as both have a role in poverty reduction in the context of individual developing member countries. A challenging operational task for ADB has been to understand and measure the poverty reducing effects of different operations to help inform analysts and decision makers of the nature and extent of these effects.

This Handbook is intended to assist ADB project analysts in understanding the poverty reducing effects of operations by integrating poverty impact assessment in the economic analysis of projects. It provides practical recommendations and examples that build on current practice in project economic analysis. In addition to discussing conceptual aspects, the Handbook provides worked examples based on ADB projects. 

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Pro-Poor Context Check for Other Intervention Projects
  • Approach to Poverty Impact Analysis for Poverty Intervention Projects
  • Data Requirements
  • Advantages and Limitations of the Analysis
  • Linkage to Policy-Based Lending
  • Appendixes
  • Glossary and References