Poverty reduction

Promoting Pro-Poor Growth: Ex Ante Poverty Impact Assessment


  • Who are the main stakeholders and institutions involved?
  • Which transmission channels are the most effective in reaching the poor and vulnerable?
  • What is the best way to tackle the risks faced in pursuing these interventions?

By addressing these and other questions, the Practical Guide to Ex ante Poverty Impact Assessment helps staff in aid agencies and their developing country partners to plan and execute PIAs and to interpret their findings. The Guide was approved by the DAC in May 2007. For a short overview on the approach, please refer to the Ex ante Poverty Impact Assessment Brief.

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness stresses the importance of results-oriented frameworks to improve aid effectiveness and to assure better pro-poor outcomes.  Ex ante Poverty Impact Assessment (PIA), as developed by the DAC Network on Poverty Reduction (POVNET), helps donors and developing countries better assess the impact and outcomes of their policies and programmes on the poor and vulnerable. In this way, it contributes to increasing donor policies’ impact on poverty reduction and pro-poor growth. Through the use of a standardized set of matrices the PIA process also fosters harmonization of donor practices, in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.

The POVNET Task Team on Poverty Impact Assessment has scaled up the approach among donor agencies, raising awareness and promoting partner country buy in. The Task Team liaised closely with the PSIA (Poverty and Social Impact Analysis) Network to ensure synergies and complementarities in the two approaches.


Click here for examples of the Poverty Impact Assessment approach and other useful material for implementing the PIA.