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Seven extremely simple poverty scorecards

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Abstract:

How poor are participants in development programmes? And are they making progress toward the Millennium Development Goals? Using data from national household surveys, this paper presents easy-to-use, objective poverty scorecards for seven countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Haiti, India, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines. Each scorecard uses five indicators – closely related to the Millennium Development Goals – to estimate a person's poverty likelihood, that is, the probability that income or expenditure is below the national poverty line or below $1/day. Field workers can compute scores by hand on paper in 5–10 minutes. The poverty scorecards can help local propoor programmes target services, report on poverty rates, and track changes in poverty rates over time.

Keywords: POVERTY ASSESSMENT; POVERTY LIKELIHOOD; POVERTY SCORECARDS; TARGETING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1755-1986.2010.011

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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