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Self-paced course
Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO
International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG)

Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2

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“Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2” is a self-paced online course offered by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), co-authored and co-sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This course focuses on broadening understanding and strengthening capacity in the use of rural poverty analysis. It covers the multiple and inter-sectoral elements and processes that are vital to consider to adequately support policy and programme design and implementation in sub-Saharan African countries towards eradicating poverty and hunger and reaching SDGs 1 and 2.

It is a self-paced standalone version adapted from the instructor-paced online course offered as part of the capacity development programme on “Strengthening the use of Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2”, held in Ghana and Zambia in 2019 and organised by the FAO’s Regional Office for Africa. The self-paced version is not part of said programme.

As a self-paced course, you can choose to start and end this course at any time, going through its content and activities at your own pace. The course requires 15 hours of learning time in total to complete the four-module course. Complete the interactive lessons, tests and a final exam at your own pace—to earn your certificate of completion, signed by the IPC-IG. 

“Poverty Analysis to achieve SDGs 1 and 2”  is targeted especially for those who are government policymakers and decision-makers, heads or technicians from development departments/programmes, technical experts and practitioners from or focusing on sub-Saharan countries.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain SGDs 1 and 2 targets and indicators and use them in your daily work, including what they are and how they are measured and monitored;
  • Identify the different dimensions and drivers of rural poverty and vulnerability in different livelihood contexts;
  • Analyse and compare different methodologies based on varying conceptual definitions for measuring poverty and food insecurity, especially in rural areas—and understand how these contribute to national reporting processes on the status of SDGs 1 and 2 in your country;
  • Identify theories of change to reduce rural poverty by identifying and assessing varying causal pathways and entry points out of poverty for different categories of rural households, such as economic growth and rural transformation;
  • Describe best practices, including successful international examples of rural poverty reduction strategies and programmes with particular emphasis on multisectoral coordination mechanisms and decentralization—all informed by robust monitoring and evaluation strategies;
  • Identify and understand implications for using different methodologies and tools for formulating strategies, policies, programmes and projects, as well as for monitoring and evaluating their impact.