Data of the Month

4 November, 2016

We are used to seeing comparisons between countries according to their levels of poverty. For example, according to the latest available data we know that Madagascar, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo are the countries with higher rates of income poverty in the world (using the measure of US $ 1.90 a day). But do you know what are the world’s poorest sub-national regions?

Thanks to the data sources and properties of the Multidimensional Poverty Index, we are able to disaggregate overall national results by region (state, department, or any political division of a country for which data are representative). Based on an analysis of 962 regions in 78 countries around the world using the Global MPI, we can determine that the world’s poorest region is Salamat in Chad with a MPI of 0.715, followed closely by Est and Sahel in Burkina Faso, and Hadjer Lamis and Lac also in Chad.


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