Research and Advocacy

Introduction

A number of research studies will be conducted as part of the SUCCESS Programme.These studies will provide an in-depth understanding about the causes of chronic poverty, escape from chronic poverty and an analysis and policy and practical guidelines on programme interventions for reducing chronic poverty. Particular attention will be given to track the transformational changes in the lives of the poor over the programme life and trace its linkages with the programme interventions and other socio- economic changes that occur in the programme area. This research component will also look into issues of social cohesion, gender empowerment, community leadership and effectiveness of different programme interventions.

Research Focus

Through this research component in SUCCESS, a number of studies will look into the causes of chronic poverty by examining household poverty dynamics and thus endeavour to reduce this research gap. Also, as the project proceeds, the changes in the lives of project beneficiaries will be documented to find what works and what does not work and why. In this way, these studies will not only inform mid-course project correction but will also inform other development organisation, the federal government, academia, civil society and the government of Sindh to design and implement effective poverty reduction strategies.

Three Main Research Questions

This research component seeks to answer three primary questions of household poverty dynamics through the window of two union councils in Sindh.

  • One, what are the causes of chronic poverty? Some of the secondary research questions will be; what are the socio-economic and political causes of poverty?What are the gendered causes of poverty?What are the missing institutional linkages, for example provision and access to quality health and education and basic infrastructure, responsible for chronic poverty?
  • Second, what are the pathways and practical guidelines to inform programme interventions, development organisations, and civil society, and academia, federal and provincial and local governments for reducing chronic poverty?
  • Three, how far people’s institutions (Cos, VOs, LSOs) fostered by RSPs are effective in reducing poverty?

Phases of the Research Component

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