New Poverty Measurment Tool to Launch in Fiji

Jul 17

South Pacific Business Development Fiji announced that it is partnering with the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) and the microfinance charity Good Return to hold workshops on the Progress out of Poverty Index (PPI) that has been developed for Fiji and the first in the South Pacific region. The aim of the workshops is to shed light on issues of poverty improvement, measuring and monitoring poverty, as well as to provide training for the use of the PPI.

For many organizations with a mission to serve the poor, it is essential to measure local poverty levels and track their development so that services can be properly targeted and so stakeholders are provided with objective evidence demonstrating the influence and impact such institutions are generating. Developed by the Grameen Foundation to be easy to use by local organizations, the Progress out of Poverty Index is one of the most recognized and effective poverty measurement tools and is used by over 200 organizations in 45 countries worldwide, including the International Finance Corporation.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced practitioner of social performance management who will cover the importance of poverty targeting, measurement and tracking, development of the PPI, details of how to use the PPI tool for analysis, and lead participants in a half-day field visit to practice collecting data using the PPI scorecard.

Being the first of its kind in the region, the PPI workshops have received support and publicity from the Fijian government—most recently by the RBF Governor Barry Whiteside’s in his presentation to the 12th Alliance for Financial Inclusion Pacific Islands Working Group on March 2014.

The workshop will be divided into two sessions. The first session, to be held on Monday, July 21, 2014, will be a one-day launch workshop, followed by a four-day intensive training.

Day 1: Reserve Bank of Fiji, Tower 11 Conference Room
Day 2-5: SPBD Training Room

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