Tuesday, July 13, 2010

More poor in India than in Africa

A new study that measures global poverty finds that there are more poor in India than in Africa. Eight Indian states have more poor people than the 26 poorest African countries combined.

From the BBC, we find this short mention of the report conducted by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.

The Indian states, including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, have 421 million "poor" people, the study found.

This is more than the 410 million poor in the poorest African countries, it said.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) measures a range of "deprivations" at household levels.

The measure assess a number of "deprivations" in households - from education to health to assets and services.


Matt Davies said...

Hopefully this approach to poverty measurement can become more widespread to move away from the $1.25 per day approach which does nothing to further our understanding of how people's lives are affected by poverty and how to identify those in greatest need.

Anonymous said...

Every child, woman and man deserves to get the basic nutrition their body requires.Whether in India or Africa, it does not matter where, what matters is that there are people and children who die of hunger everyday. It’s us who can make sure they are not deprived.
Globally more than 173 Million people stood up against poverty in 2009, a Guinness World Record!

Let us break this record in 2010!

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