ICTs and decision making: Findings from the poverty assessor

Claire Heffernan*, Jun Yu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Pro-poor decision making depends on an understanding of the complexities and interrelationships between household livelihood, demographic, and economic factors. This article describes the design and implementation of the Poverty Assessor, a software programme to assist practitioners, policy makers, and researchers in visualising the direct impacts on poverty of specific livelihood factors and events among populations living in poverty. The software enables users to upload their own data and profile households in relation to the national poverty line, by selecting from a range of demographic and livelihood indicators. The authors present findings from the programme, using a dataset from Bolivia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-296
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010


  • Governance and public policy
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Social sector
  • Technology


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