Knowledge Note

The Poverty Mapping in the European Union (EU) project, an initiative of the World Bank and European Commission (EC) in cooperation with EU member states, has developed a set of high-resolution poverty maps by using information from recent national population censuses and household income surveys to estimate the rates of monetary poverty for small geographic areas in EU member states.
This brief outlines key lessons learned from this project on working together efficiently with multiple partners.
The key lessons learned are as follows:
(i) the regional development agenda can provide an entry point for small area poverty estimation;
(ii) building on pre-existing arrangements can help to reduce institutional barriers;
(iii) strategic engagement across institutions and across countries can have great impact not only on project outcomes but also on sustainability; and
(iv) one size does not fit all.
To conclude, the engagement of the World Bank with the EC and EU member states has been successful at gaining an improved understanding of the wide variation in poverty risk across small geographic areas, both in terms of poverty levels and the underlying reasons for poverty.