This report draws together experiences and findings from a series of papers executed under a DFID project on Globalisation and Poverty in South Asia. The project participants had earlier been involved in an IDRC (Ottawa) initiative (Microeconomic Analysis of Structural Adjustment Programmes - MIMAP) of capacity building and technical assistance to a series of countries, and each extended and enlarged their work in this follow-on capacity building project. Each took two issues and used numerical modelling methods to attempt to isolate the significance of globalisation/poverty linkages in their own country. This report both summarises and itemises this activity.
This project was based on the hypothesis that despite current unease, the precise links between globalisation and poverty and how they operate remained surprisingly poorly researched. This is, in part, because there are a number of different possible channels of impact, and they are under-explored in the literature. It is also because analytical linkages are at issue which cannot be easily analysed qualitatively; some formal numerical simulation analysis is needed. This project aimed to explore how these channels of impact operate, what their quantitative significance is, and how plausible alternative analytical structures which generate poverty are, and bring these findings to the policy communities in participating countries.