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Poverty reduction in Egypt - diagnosis and strategy (Vol. 1 of 2)

Author: The World Bank and The Ministry of Planning, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Organisation: The World Bank and The Ministry of Planning, Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Publish Date: June 2002
Country: Egypt
Sector: Public
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Poverty
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Poverty reduction, Growth patterns, Economic growth, Poverty map, Inequality, Education, Employment, Household size, Gender, Children, Basic infrastructure, Divergence
This report, for the most part, uses expenditures or income as an indicator of poverty, and thus only partly captures the multi-faceted nature of being poor. Poverty is experienced in ways that go beyond insufficient income, which is the metric used for most of this Report. As the 2000/2001 World Development Report: Attacking Poverty points out, poverty is as much the lack of opportunity because of inadequate education, nutrition, health or training, or the inability to find a job that can fully reward someone's existing abilities. It is vulnerability, due to inadequate assets, to sudden widespread economic shocks or even individual shocks such as when breadwinners lose their earning ability. And it is the lack of the power to change the economic and social forces that perpetuate vulnerability. Still, low income or spending is often closely associated with these characteristics, and thus as a valid first cut at determining the nature and extent of poverty.
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