Poverty review

Project status Active

The Welsh Government has consistently held addressing poverty as a primary policy objective and has initiated a variety of related schemes since devolution. These have included overarching strategies, such as the Welsh Child Poverty Strategy, to more specific policies and interventions across a range of poverty-related policy areas, such as education, employment, training, communities, and families.

The Welsh Government wishes to renew its commitment to tackling poverty and wants to build on and learn from what has been done previously in Wales, as well as to learn from other countries and places with effective poverty reduction strategies and programmes.

The WCPP is partnering with the New Policy Institute (NPI) and LSE’s Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE), with support from expert advisors based in Wales, to deliver a review of international poverty strategies, programmes and interventions. The review will aim to answer the following questions:

  • What effective international poverty alleviation strategies exist with relevance to Wales? What are the key features of effective anti-poverty strategies, in terms of design, implementation, governance and evaluation?
  • What effective poverty reduction programmes and interventions exist? What are the key features of effective approaches and how should they be assessed?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of past and present Welsh Government anti-poverty strategies, interventions and programmes?

The findings will be used to develop an ‘effectiveness framework’, against which Welsh Government’s current and previous poverty-reduction strategies and programmes can be critically reviewed.

The review will inform the design and implementation of future actions to address poverty in Wales after the May 2021 elections.