Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP)

The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) works in collaboration with knowledge networks, institutions and scholars to build independent and critical knowledge on poverty, and to help shape policies for preventing and eradicating poverty.

Introduction to CROP

Severe lifelong poverty has always been the fate of the majority of the world’s inhabitants. What’s new is that such poverty is now almost entirely avoidable. In order to combat persistent poverty and growing inequality, as called for by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015, a better understanding of the nature, extent, depth, distribution, trends, causes and effects of poverty is urgently needed. Despite progress on reducing poverty in recent decades, the number of people living in extreme poverty remains unacceptably high, and inequality is rising within many countries.

CROP mobilises scholars and institutions to build knowledge towards the aim of creating a world without poverty. Poverty is understood as being intrinsically a cross-disciplinary topic area, and a multi-faceted one. The latest strategic plan for CROP (2015-2020) sets out six priority themes for CROP activities:

  • Agenda 2030 and the SDGs
  • Human development sustainability science
  • Child poverty and inequalities
  • Social policies and welfare states
  • Poverty and media
  • Rights, institutions and global justice

CROP focuses on planning and developing research proposals and projects and disseminating research in collaboration with national and international partners. Since its establishment in 1992, CROP has built a vibrant and diverse international network of scholars engaged in poverty-related research. They share a thematic interest in poverty while working within a variety of disciplines such as political science, law, health, geography etc. The network provides an opportunity for researchers to exchange views and ideas, make publications and knowledge visible, participate in activities aimed at policy transfer, stay informed about relevant events, news and publications, and make new connections for collaboration.

The CROP Secretariat is hosted by the University of Bergen, Norway, which is a co-sponsor of the programme.

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