According to recent estimates, 767 million people, or 10.7 percent of the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, are estimated to be living below the international poverty line of $1.90 a day. A similar proportion are living in extreme poverty in parts of South Asia and Latin America. And whilst global economic growth has taken millions out of poverty, climate change is creating new challenges, new uncertainties and increased vulnerability for many in the global South.
Evidence for Development works to find new and better ways of understanding how the poorest households and communities are affected by these rapidly changing conditions, and to generate information that is vital to improve resilience and raise living standards. The methods we use promote openness and accountability at every level – from large scale HEA food security assessments affecting the lives of millions, to more localised projects that work closely with individual households. Rigorously collected and analysed household economy information can change lives, allowing evidence-based programmes to guide development and direct the most effective types of assistance to the people who need it most.
Our core objective is to support governments, development agencies and other organisations working to reduce poverty and support sustainable development. Doing this effectively involves training and building capacity with national universities and other local institutions and organisations, as well as with UK-based universities and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
 Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality. World Bank Group 2016.