Poverty

CMI studies the underlying societal and market mechanisms that may explain why people stay poor, and the design and impacts of programs to reduce poverty.

Completed projects

Jan 2015 - Dec 2017

Inequality in Angola

Jan 2011 - Dec 2014

Poverty and entrepreneurship

Jun 2011 - Jan 2013

Democracy and corruption

Aug 2009 - Dec 2012

Inclusive growth in India

Magnus Hatlebakk

Senior Researcher; Coordinator: Poverty Dynamics

Sosina Bezu

Senior Researcher

Kendra Dupuy

Researcher

Sandra Halvorsen

PhD Candidate

Johan Helland

Emeritus

Jan Isaksen

Emeritus

Ivar Kolstad

Senior Researcher

Vincent Somville

Affiliated Senior Researcher

Gaute Torsvik

Associated Senior Researcher

Bertil Tungodden

Associated Senior Researcher

Inge Tvedten

Senior Researcher

Espen Villanger

Research Director

Arne Wiig

Senior Researcher

Creating Jobs and Opportunities for the Poor

CMI studies the underlying societal and market mechanisms that may explain why people stay poor, and the design and impacts of programs to reduce poverty.

Jobs and access to finance are essential for poverty eradication and are at the heart of our research agenda.

We combine deep knowledge of particular regions in the South with analytical and empirical methods to understand why people stay poor, and to evaluate policy interventions.

The team has decades of experience from qualitative and quantitative research and commissioned work, with a focus
on East-Africa and South Asia.

Our research and evaluation expertise

  • Private sector development 
  • Entrepreneurial training 
  • Microfinance including savings and credit 
  • Informal credit markets and small-scale investments
  • Income diversification 
  • Rural and urban labour markets, including migration 
  • Female empowerment and education 
  • Fertility and intra-household decisions

CMI Poverty Expertise