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Understanding and addressing spatial poverty traps

29th March, 2007
Cape Town, South Africa

Civil Society Partnership Programme, ODI


Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation


The Civil Society Partnership are sponsoring an international workshop drawing together researchers, civil society organisations, donor organisations and southern governments to consolidate lessons from recent analytical work on the drivers of poverty and chronic poverty in ‘spatial poverty traps’ and to review experience from government and civil society policy experiments in such areas. The workshop was separated into 2 broad thematic areas: Spatial poverty traps – characteristics, challenges, association (or otherwise) with persistent (& chronic) poverty Policy and programmatic responses – donors, government, and civil society (3 parallel sessions). The workshop culminated in a plenary discussion to identify the lessons learned on policy and programmatic responses to spatial poverty traps.

Speakers and schedule

Key speakers and discussants include:

  • Gina Porter, Senior Research Fellow, Durham University, UK
  • Amita Shah, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, India
  • Andrew Shepherd, Research Fellow, ODI
  • Kate Bird, ODI
  • Jay Oelbaum, Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
  • William J Burke, Michigan State University
  • Fletcher Tembo, RAPID (ODI).
  • Naved Chowdhury, RAPID (ODI).
  • Reto Wieser, SDC, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • Margaret Kakande, Ministry of Finance, Uganda
  • Maimuna Ibraimo, Government of Mozambique
  • Hassen Mohamed, Presidency, Government of South Africa

Event website

Workshop Website

Meeting reports

Workshop Report 


Resources and links

Read the June 2007 edition of Mwangaza: the Newsletter of Trócaire's East Africa Regional Office, which contains articles based on the papers presented at this workshop (pdf file opens in new window).