Poverty Stoplight

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Poverty Stoplight is an approach that helps people progress out of poverty by empowering them to understand and map their own choices. It encourages households to participate and own their journeys out of poverty, and provides a clear line of sight of how to get there. At the same time it allows organisations delivering support to measure progress against their programme objectives.

  • The tool uses stoplight colours, photographs, tables, electronic devices, and simple software developed for Android devices to create innovative maps that enable the participants to see and understand the ways in which they are poor.
  • The surveys assess poverty levels using 50 indicators grouped into 6 dimensions of poverty. For each indicator there is picture and definition for very poor (Red), poor (Orange) and not poor (Green).
  • Trained facilitators meet with the family in their home and together they assess their current situation by selecting the appropriate colour on the tablet for each indicator.
  • Beneficiaries are surveyed when they join our programme (baseline), after 12 months and again after 24 months.
  • A person who has 45 green indicators is unlikely to fall back into poverty

Typical Poverty Stoplight profiles
of programme candidates

On average beneficiaries join our programme with less than 33 greens and exit with more than 45 greens. This year we witnessed the first person exiting with 50 out of 50 indicators being green, a proud moment.

Social Impact change in
Poverty Spotlight Scores