15 April 2012

Questionable South Sudan Poverty Statistics

Yes, it seems that today I will mostly be procrastinating in avoidance of finishing my report by reading the House of Commons report. Thanks for that Tom.

Here's a quote from the backgrounder section: 
Eight out of ten people live on an equivalent of less than one $1 (63p) per day.
Now maybe this is nitpicking, but the best data we have says that the poverty rate in South Sudan is 50% (against a national poverty line). You can't just throw out an 80% figure without saying why you chose to look at $1 a day, whether you are talking PPP or not, or providing a source.

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