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Recent estimations about poverty in the world show that roughly 50% of the people live under deprived conditions despite the fact that nations like China have reduced their number of people living in poverty by 200 million since 1985. This situation posts important challenges to policy makers since both poverty and inequality have documented negative side effects on economic growth, political stability and social security, among others.

As a result, governments are usually concerned about the causes of poverty and the best way to deal with the problem. The old fashioned idea that poverty is essentially an absence of enough money or goods has passed. Modern approaches tend to consider poverty as a lack of opportunities or capabilities preventing individualsfrom being more productive and experiencing a better level of welfare. This new perspective opens a wide range of possibilities for public action in fields such as education, social networks, health and nutrition. Conditional Cash Transfer programs are clear examples of these pro-poor policies.

Every year, billions of dollars flow from donors and agencies to implement anti-poverty programs in developing countries. Also, a significant share of internal budgets is allocated to finance social agendas. In order to maximize the impact of the proposed measures, policy makers should have a clear perspective of the nature of the problem and a well-designed program with strategic implementation guidelines. Sanigest is, in this regard, an ideal partner thanks to the extensive experience in similar settings including Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Central and Southern Asia. Also, the Firm’s commitment to bring case-specific solutions to our Clients and our focus in improving the living standards of the populations, makes Sanigest an excellent technical support team to design and implement pro-poor programs.

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The experts of Sanigest Internacional combine academic excellence with experience in more than 50 developing countries around the world. Moreover, most of the professionals actually live and worked in these nations at public ministries, independent agencies and universities, so they have a clearer understanding of the structural problems affecting poverty in Third World nations. Consequently, Sanigest consulting team is readily prepared to undertake assignments related with:

  1. Preparation of poverty profiles
  2. Design of pro-poor strategies in areas such as education, health and nutrition
  3. Implementation of poverty reduction plans
  4. Estimation of financing needs to fill resource gaps required to implement social agendas
  5. Definition of M&E systems and key indicators
  6. Impact evaluation of poverty alleviation programs such as Conditional Cash Transfer initiatives using modern quantitative and qualitative techniques

Costa Rica: Poverty and health in Costa Rica, World Bank..

Sanigest contributed their expertise in the evaluation of the Costa Rican health sector and the poverty prevailing in the country on behalf of the World Bank. The health economists’ objectives involved evaluating the performance of the health sector policies and their impact over the vulnerable populations in the country. Additional services delivered by Sanigest included a benefit-incidence analysis of the social expenditures in the health sector, along with an impact evaluation of the reforms in the health sector. Moreover, Sanigest conducted an analysis of the medium and long-term options to promote the reduction of poverty levels in Costa Rica, focusing on politics for vulnerable sectors.
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Costa Rica: Poverty and Education in Costa Rica, World Bank.

Sanigest’s overarching aim was to evaluate the education sector and the poverty levels in Costa Rica on behalf of the World Bank. Economists first analyzed the education system from a public and private perspective and reviewed reform policy outcomes and pending areas of improvement. In addition, economists executed a performance evaluation of key indicators, including a gap analysis of the main education outcomes by gender, region, socioeconomic status, and type of institution, along with a public expenditure dynamics evaluation and a benefit-incidence analysis. Furthermore, Sanigest experts conducted a study of the Education Millennium Development Goals to evaluate fulfillment expectations and estimated the expected impact of the World Bank loan “Relanzamiento de la Educacion” in the Costa Rican rural education sector. Moreover, Sanigest’s demographer evaluated the impact of population dynamics and increasing migration with regard to the costs and enrollment in the education system. Last but not least, Sanigest identified the key challenges of the education sector as a means to reduce poverty and inequality and at the same time elaborated an agenda of public options to improve the Costa Rican education system.
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Area Expert

Etoile Pinder
Consultant, Survey Expert

Melissa Vega

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