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Riley Awarded NSF Grant for Research on Village-Level Anti-Poverty Programming

Posted: 7/4/2022 (CSDE in the News)

CSDE Affiliate Emma Riley was recently awarded a research grant by the NSF to pursue a study of a village-level anti-poverty program. This research asks whether extreme poverty be effectively reduced if everyone in a community is included in an anti-poverty program, rather than only the poorest. The authors will also be able to shed light on the question of whether the causes of persistent poverty are specific to individual households or are common within a community and to what extent there are synergies in tackling poverty of everyone in a community at once. The study will use a Randomized Control Trial of a village-level anti-poverty program with nearly 4,000 households across 354 villages in rural Uganda. The authors will examine the effects of the program 2 years after its start, focusing on the effects on household poverty, income and wealth as well as women’s empowerment.