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‘More than half of Afghans live in multidimensional poverty’

‘More than half of Afghans live in multidimensional poverty’

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Mar 31, 2019 - 19:41

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) says more than half of Afghanistaninfo-icon’s population is living in multidimensional poverty, which is acute in western Badghis province.

Releasing the Afghanistan Multidimensional Poverty Index report, CSO chief Ahmad Javed Rasouli told a press conference here that the organization analyzed the survey of ‘livelihood condition in Afghanistan’ survey conducted between 2016 and 2017.

He said the first Afghanistan multidimensional poverty index report was focused on healthinfo-icon, educationinfo-icon, livelihood condition, work and (production, income and security) and the report had a total of 18 indexes.

Food protection, births involving professional health workers, enrollment in schools, girls education, boys education, access to water, polluted water, electricity, fuel items, residential places, ownership of assets and farms, independence, participation in education and work, production, income and security were part of the 18 indexes, he said.

He said if a person did not have access to all the mentioned indexes at one time, it was called multidimensional poverty.

The report shows 89 percent of nomads, 61 percent of villagers and 18 percent of urban residents suffered from such poverty. It shows 58 percent of the poor people were children under age 18.

The level of multidimensional poverty ranges from a low of 12 percent in Kabul to a high of 81 percent in Badghis province.

Rasouli said the report would be instrumental in developing effective poverty reduction policies, informed budget allocation, policy coordination and integrated policies.

Nearly six out of 10 children live in multidimensional poverty, and children under 10 are the worst affected by poverty. One of the most crucial factors determining the level of poverty of children is the education level of their parents.

Jaen Gough, UNICEF head for South Asia, told the presser that children under 18 years of age in Afghanistan lived in multidimensional poverty which could directly impact their future life.

“It is painful when 58 percent of children in Afghanistan are suffering from multidimensional poverty,” she said.

She added Afghanistan needed comprehensive care regarding future of children and the international community should also cooperate in this regard.

Economy Minister Mustafa Mastoor said that the government organs concerned should make policies for reduction of poverty in Afghanistan keeping in mind the CSO report.

“We can prepare our annual budget in a way that could reduce problems and observe justice in provinces,” he said. He added 20 countries out of 191 were suffering from more poverty than Afghanistan.

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