Friday, May 23, 2008

The dollar question

One of the difficulties around development is finding the poorest of the poor - who is most marginalized in society and is in need of the most amount of aid and help.

A primary measure that is cited by most - including myself in this website - is the those who live under a 'dollar a day'.

The Economist recently released an article "On the poverty line" which discusses this measure more in depth and how it is changing (the method discussed moves the actual amount up to $1.25/day). A pretty interesting article.

Although, I personally like the idea of not measuring what people don't have, but instead providing an asset based approach - measuring what they do have.

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