Poverty scorecards have been created for India, Philippines, Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Mexico.
These are easy-to-use, practical, accurate, objective tools to help microfinance organizations (or any pro-poor development program) measure their clients’ poverty levels so as to better target services, track changes in poverty over time, and report on poverty rates to external stakeholders. Each scorecard is based on a recent national survey. The scorecards use 15 simple indicators that field workers can quickly collect and verify. Poverty scores can be computed on paper in the field in real time. The goal is to provide an accurate tool that is simple and inexpensive to implement. Funding was provided by Grameen Foundation USA and CGAP, with project management by Nigel Biggar.