Research Methodologies: A Closer Look at the Research behind Portfolios of the Poor

May 2010
By FAI

Research Methodologies: A Closer Look at the Research behind Portfolios of the Poor
Portfolios of the Poor offers new thinking about how the world’s poorest communities manage their financial lives. To uncover these intimate details, researchers designed a study in which they interviewed poor households twice a month over the course of a year, and recorded the details of how they lived their financial lives. These “financial diaries” encompass data from nearly 250 households in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa, and reflect a mixed-research methodology that is systematic in data collection while simultaneously captures the complexity of people’s lives.