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Bangladesh: from counting the poor to making the poor count by Shekhar Shah, Quentin Wodon, World Bank, Martin Ravallion

By Shekhar Shah, Quentin Wodon, World Bank, Martin Ravallion

"Reducing poverty is the relevant improvement problem in Bangladesh. This poverty overview addresses a number of simple "counting the bad" questions: who're the bad? How a variety of are they? the place do they dwell? What are the features of bad families? How may still we degree poverty? Has poverty declined? Has inequality elevated? In answering those questions this poverty evaluate constructs a poverty profile for Bangladesh." even if poverty has declined in Bangladesh within the Nineties, the remainder demanding situations are huge, immense. This file is a part of a long term strategy of means construction and mainstreaming of poverty research in Bangladesh. Its findings recommend 5 pillars of a potential poverty relief approach: • Accelerating fiscal progress • selling schooling for the bad • making an investment in bad components • superior concentrating on of public expenses and safeguard nets • Forming extra partnerships with NGOs Discussions with stakeholders, NGOs, the govt, poverty researchers, and different donors in Bangladesh bobbing up from this file can assist to construct help for an motion plan and extra special coverage and institutional alterations for quicker poverty relief.

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Bank staff have assisted the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) in enhancing the data collection and entry procedures for the 199596 HES. Consequently, data became available and were analyzed much faster than in previous survey rounds. The BBS should continue to improve the HES in order to enhance its timeliness and use for policy analysis. For the next HES, a topic for the rotating module will need to be selected. The household questionnaire could include more questions on participation in social and NGO programs to provide data for program evaluation.

Independent evidence also suggests declining poverty in the 1990s. 14 Other estimates of poverty incidence. The cost of basic needs headcount indices are broadly consistent with two sets of independent studies of poverty conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The first set uses grouped aggregate data available in the various HES reports published by the BBS and 3 Concerns have been raised about the validity of the poverty estimates for 198586. First, the decrease in poverty observed for that year does not match consumption measures obtained from the national income accounts (Ravallion 1990).

Factory workers and artisans rank below them, followed by salespeople, service workers, and brokers, as well as transport and communications workers. Servants and day laborers have relatively higher poverty rates. Households in which the head is not working, including households headed by retired workers and students, do not fare badly, probably because they have other sources of income or support that allow the head not to work. Heads who have a second occupation tend to be in poorer households, suggesting that the second occupation is pursued out of necessity.

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