Podcast: Poverty and resilience

Anti-poverty programmes have increasingly started to account for household resilience as a developmental objective. In this VoxDevTalk, Lokendra Phadera and Hope Michelson draw on evidence from an intervention in the Copperbelt region of Zambia to explore whether anti-poverty programmes focusing on the transfer of assets can help to increase an individual’s or household’s ability to withstand future shocks and stressors without falling below the poverty line. The programme provided a productive asset, usually pregnant dairy cattle, to households as well as provisions for agricultural and veterinary extension services and livelihood training. Participants were required to build improved housing for the cattle and also contribute to a livestock insurance fund.