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Understanding and addressing spatial poverty traps

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  • Conference introduction - Kate Bird
  • Poverty in remote rural areas in India: Patterns, processes of reproduction, and policy imperatives - Amita Shah, Gujarat Institute of Development Research
  • Isolation and poverty in Uganda – applying an index of isolation - Kate Bird, Prof Andy McKay & Isaac Shinyekwa
  • Improving the performance of weakly integrated regions: Lessons from Northern Ghana - Andrew Shepherd (with Charles Jebuni, Andy McKay and Ravi Kanbur)
  • Liberalisation or liberation?: Economic reform and the paradox of conflict in Ghana’s northern region - Jay Oelbaum
  • Factors associated with farm households’ movement into and out of poverty in Kenya: The rising importance of livestock - William J. Burke (with T.S. Jayne, H. Ade Freeman, and P. Kristjanson)
  • Transport, (im)mobility and spatial poverty traps: Issues for rural women and girl children in sub-Saharan Africa - Gina Porter, University of Durham
  • Case study of interventions in Malawi - Mavuto Bamusi
  • Working with community groups: Does it tackle or reinforce spatial poverty traps: experiences from Uganda - Robert Waswaga
  • Addressing chronic poverty and spatial poverty traps in Nepal's middle hills: The Nepal Swiss Community Forestry Project (presented in absentia) - Bharat Pokharel and Jane Carter (Intercooperation)
  • An insight into rural civil society organisation’s understanding of and approaches to the drivers and maintainers of chronic poverty in a spatial poverty trap in rural Kenya - Sorcha Fennell, Trócaire
  • Empowerment and poverty reduction in rural communities – a case study on changes in civil society and local government practices and lessons for influencing pro-poor policy - Reto Wieser (SDC)
  • Land restitution in South Africa: What can donors do to mitigate spatial poverty traps? - Dijon Hilzinger-Maas (BTC)
  • Addressing spatial poverty traps: The role of knowledge, institutions, and economic opportunity - Borany Penh (USAID)
  • Understanding and addressing spatial poverty traps: The case of Karamoja in Uganda - Margaret Kakande
  • Understanding and addressing spatial poverty traps in Mozambique: The Government’s approach - Maimuna Ibraimo
  • Lessons from applying the National Spatial Development framework in South Africa - Hassen Mohamed

Presentations on these subjects are shown on the left, background papers are listed at the bottom of this page.


This international workshop drew together four main audiences: researchers; civil society organisations; donor organisations and southern Governments. Its aim was to consolidate lessons from recent analytical work on the drivers of poverty and chronic poverty in ‘spatial poverty traps’ and to review experience from government and civil society policy experiments in such areas.

The workshop was separated into 2 broad thematic areas:

  • Spatial poverty traps – characteristics, challenges, association (or otherwise) with persistent (& chronic) poverty
  • Policy and programmatic responses – donors, government, civil society (3 parallel sessions)

The workshop culminated in a plenary discussion to identify the lessons learned on policy and programmatic responses to spatial poverty traps.