Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards achieving the SDGs

  • How effective are different growth- and social protection-oriented policies in improving poverty related outcomes?

  • What mechanisms increase the relevance and quality of the delivery of social protection schemes which allow for an improved coordination of fragmented social policies?

  • Which social and political characteristics of societies in Sub-Saharan Africa hinder the implementation of effective social and growth-oriented policies?

'Eradicating Poverty: Pathways towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals' (ADAPTED) is funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and will be embedded within the innovative training network (ITN) aimed at skills and capacity building through interdisciplinary training sessions.

ADAPTED - eradicating poverty

This doctoral training framework breaks the existing silos in poverty-related research and seeks to provide new insights for adapting poverty-reduction policies and reforming governance and legal frameworks to increase the coverage of the poor and to promote their participation. The project concentrates on low and middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For whom?

The project is meant for high-achieving early stage researchers (ESRs) to bridge the existing knowledge gap in understanding poverty dynamics and by equipping the ESRs with a unique skills portfolio that is equally attractive for research institutions, development organizations and internationally active firms.

Eleven academic and four non-academic consortium partners from Germany, Turkey, France, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa will offer tailor-made research training. The project runs from 01-02-2021 to 31-12-2025 and after completing the training, the ESRs will have a unique skills portfolio and a European Joint Doctorate.

Why is this research relevant?

Eradicating extreme poverty and reducing absolute poverty is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which states, including the European Union, have committed to achieving by the year 2030. Poverty reduction is also a critical to EU strategies targeted at low- and middle- income countries, especially in Africa.

Eradicating poverty: the first of the 17 SDGs

According to the World Bank, the number of absolute poor people will worsen because of lack of action. This means that by 2030 nine out of ten people in Sub-Saharan Africa will live in extreme poverty.

As poverty is the root cause of the spread of instability and conflict, it also prevents future development; this point is of special concern to the EU and its member states.

Progress in poverty reduction may result from economic growth that creates more and better paid jobs, from implementing social protection schemes and minimum wages that reduces inequality and from governance conditions that influence a country’s performance in reducing poverty.


Three researchers at the International Institute of Social Studies will be working on this project: Professor Wil Hout as the local project leader, and Professor Arjun Bedi and Dr Andrew Fischer as supervisors. 

In total the project has 15 consortium members consisting of European Universities, important internationally active European development organizations and think tanks and six African partner universities. 

The partners involved in the project are: 


Outputs will include peer reviewed academic publications, trainings provided by the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and participation in various conferences and events organized by partner universities and organizations.

Contact the research team

Wil Hout
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For more information contact the project lead, Professor Wil Hout


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 956909.

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