Breaking the circle: which ways out of poverty?: report from the [Norwegian] Planning Committee to consider research on poverty reduction

Breaking the circle: which ways out of poverty?: report from the [Norwegian] Planning Committee to consider research on poverty reduction

Poverty-research strategy for Norway

Planning Committee report on how to formulate a strategic plan for strengthening poverty research in Norway.

The report begins by reviewing how policy documents articulate the need for research-based knowledge, which call for insights and solutions that support both the “new poverty agenda” and the demand for independent views and counter-expertise. The authors also offer a definition of what is meant by "poverty research".

It gives an overview of ongoing poverty research in Norway and explores to what extent Norway has comparative strengths to build on. This can be understood as experiences related to the Norwegian or Nordic development model. Although these experiences attract international interest, the Committee does not advise making research on such experiences a main platform for Norwegian poverty research internationally. More important for the Research Council, is to ensure that there is the required research competence and capacity in Norway for the country to be an informed partner in the various international efforts aimed at reducing global poverty. The report includes a section presenting some of the leading international research centres, and discusses prospects for strengthening international co-operation in Norwegian poverty research.

The report concludes with the core elements of a strategic plan for bolstering Norwegian research on poverty reduction: in the short (2005-2007) and long term (2008-2014). The plan stands on two legs.:

  • poverty-focused research representing a subset of social science based development research. The aim is to strengthen and refocus this type of research
  • poverty-relevant research in the form of larger multidisciplinary and thematic programmes.

Three different long-term funding scenarios are proposed, based on different levels of funding allocation

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