Definitions and measures of poverty

by Momodou Touray


This is the first in a series of briefings examining how poverty is defined and measured.

The purpose of this series is to simplify and clarify the underlying concepts behind poverty, and to delve deeper in discussion on topical issues as they arise throughout the process of Agenda 2030.

This first briefing focuses on the building blocks of poverty definitions and measurements such as poverty lines, absolute/relative poverty, poverty gap measures and prevalence rates. It presents data on how global and regional poverty headcounts are distributed across country groupings.

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