Index > Events > Event Details

Inheritance and the intergenerational transmission of poverty

11th October, 2010
Overseas Development Institute, London, UK



Workshop hosted by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre and Overseas Development Institute.

Asset ownership supports social mobility. It influences a person’s ability to move out of poverty, underpins household livelihoods and supports coping strategies and investment. Land is the most important asset in low income developing countries and most people gain access to land through inheritance. However, ownership and control of land is highly gendered and women hold only 1-2% of individually titled land. Women rarely inherit and access land through their fathers, husbands, sons or brothers. This has implications for women’s agency and well-being and also in their ability to invest in their children with implications for the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

Speakers and schedule

Key speakers include:

  • Kate Bird, ODI and CPRC
  • Elizabeth Cooper, Oxford University
  • Jessica Espey, Save The Children
  • Cheryl Doss, Yale University
  • Amber Peterman, IFPRI
  • Robert Miller, Queen’s University

Full conference agenda available here

Event website

For more information, please contact the Overseas Development Institute

Meeting reports

Full meeting report 


The published CPRC Working Papers are available here

Resources and links

See also the Empowering women, reducing child poverty and enabling women to inherit, held on 12th October 2010 at the ODI, London.