Resilience, Sustainable Poverty Escapes and Chronic Poverty:
Nepal Country Case Study
A poverty dynamics lens conceptualizes resilience as the set of capacities which allows households to escape and sustainably stay out of poverty. It suggests that efforts to reach zero poverty need to recognize the phenomenon of poverty as dynamic. While many individuals and households escape poverty andremain out sustainably, others escape but then fall back into poverty, while others become impoverished over time and/or remain poor over extended periods of time. Research by CPAN supported by USAID’s Center for Resilience investigated the extent and drivers of transitory and sustained escapes from poverty across a series of country studies to better understand the sources of resilience that enable people to sustainably escape poverty given the complex risk environments in which they live.