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CPRC Research themes

Vulnerability and insecurity keep people poor and drive others into chronic poverty. Many chronically poor poeple confront vulneraibility that occurs through shocks, lack of buffers against shocks, and the ways in which households respond to insecurity. Reducing vulnerability should be central in policies to reduce chronic poverty - and can be done through social protection.


Research on vulnerability has focused on how and when vulnerability and insecurity push people into poverty, and how social protection - particularly social assistance - offers an important solution to vulnerability. 

CPRC work on reducing vulenrability also highlights the importance of building and improving returns on assets, transformative societal change, eliminating discrimination, and improving social and economic relationships.  The Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 ‘Escaping Poverty Traps details much of CPRC work on vulnerability and social protection; and the Social Assistance in Developing Countries Database summarises the effectiveness of social assistance interventions in developing countries and focuses on the reduction and mitigation of poverty.

Key resources

Vulnerability and chronic poverty

Social protection to address vulnerability

Household dynamics and informal work

 View more resources on Insecurity, risk and vulnerability, and on social protection



 Publication highlights


Just Give Money to the Poor



Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 cover

The Chronic poverty report 2008-09: Escaping poverty traps

Chronic poverty report 


Theme leader 

Armando Barrientos

Institute for Development Policy and Management

Tel: 44(0)161 275 2800
Fax: 44 (0)161 273 8828