Poverty is one of my core areas of interest, and fortunately, work. Good to work on what one likes. I’ve written on the subject a few times before on this blog, about its databases and recent numbers. This time, I would like to talk a bit about Multidimensional Poverty Index. Continue reading Multidimensional Poverty Index: The basics
The World Bank has an amazing tool which is the window to a big database on poverty numbers. They call it PovcalNet. For almost every country, it has figures for poverty headcount ratio, poverty gap, squared poverty gap, number of poor, and total population. Both the latest and historical data are available. Continue reading The really big database on world poverty
India has a lot of people who are called “poor”, take any scale or definition of poverty. The governments agree to this, the World Bank and the UN agree to this, everybody does. But do we know how many are the so called “poor”? Do we know the magnitude of the challenge of eradicating poverty? Do we know where do we stand with respect to rest of the world? The following charts may give some answers to these questions.
All charts are created by the author. The poverty figures are from the World Bank. The India population figures are from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators database; and the world population figures are from GeoHive. Continue reading India and poverty- some basic numbers
Today is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which was adopted by the UN in 1991 and has been celebrated since then. This year, the day commands a little extra importance. Here is why. Continue reading Why the international poverty day is a little special this time?
A few days ago, the World Bank published a Policy Research Note titled “Ending Extreme Poverty and Sharing Prosperity: Progress and Policies”. The key developments presented in the report include: Continue reading Latest poverty figures
For anyone interested in reading and learning about poverty and development, a lot of stuff is available online for free, such as books, working papers, policy briefs and many more. Here is a list of some of those sources. Click to explore. Continue reading Where to find publications on poverty?
India is aspiring to become a developed country. There are many ways to measure the “development” of a country, access to basic amenities is one of them. So a relevant question today would be, what is the status of basic amenities in India, or, what needs to be done with the basic amenities for the people so that India can become a better country? This post intends to propose an answer to these questions. Continue reading The big challenge of lack of access to basic amenities
Most of us are familiar with the word poverty though different people may have different understanding of it. To some it may be not having enough money, to some others it may be hunger, some others may take it as lack of clothes or a house. In this post, I would like to give a simplified conceptualization of poverty.
Poverty In Focus is a publication of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Its December 2006 issue featured an article by Robert Chambers of the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK, titled What is Poverty Who asks? Who answers? Here is how he summarizes different understandings of poverty. Continue reading What is poverty?