A Free Handbook on Poverty and Social Analysis

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The Handbook on Poverty and Social Analysis: A Working Document is designed to be a valuable resource to help staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), government officers, consultants, project sponsors/borrowers, and other stakeholders to effectively address the poverty and social dimensions of ADB’s operations. Ultimately, the handbook aims to contribute to positive development outcomes in the Asia and Pacific region that are inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.

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­ The handbook provides an update on poverty and social analysis aligned with the inclusive growth agenda of ADB’s Strategy 2020 as well as its streamlined business processes and increased emphasis on results, and changes in policies and staff guidelines related to gender, participation, social safeguards, other social risks, and public communications. It does not introduce any new policies or procedural requirements. ­The five sections in the handbook are organized according to ADB’s operational cycle and business practices.

Purpose of the Handbook

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  • The handbook aims to provide an integrated set of guidelines to professionals involved in programming, preparing, and implementing activities financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and to effectively address the poverty and social dimensions of ADB’s operations, thereby enhancing ADB’s efforts to reduce poverty and achieve and sustain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and promote inclusive growth in Asia and the Pacific.
  • The handbook does not introduce any new or additional policy or procedural requirements. Rather, it provides a road map to specific ADB policies, strategies, and procedures related to poverty reduction and inclusive development that are relevant to country analysis and programming, and to project preparation and management. It also identifies practical tools for incorporating poverty and social analysis (PSA) into program planning and project preparation.
  • This document complements other ADB handbooks, sourcebooks, and guides on participation, involuntary resettlement, Indigenous Peoples, labor, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, public communications, and sector-specific gender checklists, as well as ADB’s general operational guidelines, including those related to procurement and use of consultants.

You can download this handbook for free here.

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