Issues on counting the poor
A credible poverty measurement system is essential in order to develop the proper policy instruments for reducing poverty. Hence, the measurement and analysis of poverty statistics should be done with due care.
This policy note points out that there is much interest in poverty statistics since poverty reduction (and eradication) should be the ultimate goal of development. The public and private sectors, together with development partners and all concerned parties, ought to provide assistance to those who need help the most, and ensure that every member of society has at least minimum standards of well-being. Managing such efforts requires measuring poverty, and measuring poverty well. Thus, this policy note argues, improving methods for poverty measurement has to be grounded on the assurance that the resulting statistics are comparable across time and space so that they will become meaningful.