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Bangladesh makes significant stride in poverty reduction: UN

 International Desk

 Published: 09:52 AM, 13 July 2019   Updated: 03:43 PM, 13 July 2019

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The Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) has shown that Bangladesh is one of the fastest-growing poverty-stricken countries, according to a report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). 

The UNDP has released this MPI report on Thursday said the population in multidimensional poverty in Bangladesh had dropped to 74.4 million in 2014 from 93.7 million in 2004. 

MPI is used as a tool to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-1. SDG’s main goal is to eliminate global poverty alleviation.

The MPI report considers severe multi-dimensional poverty in 101 countries of the world. Among these countries- 31 low income, 68 middle income, and 2 high-income countries. About 130 million people of these countries are multi-dimensionally poor. 

The MPI report compared poverty and observed changes through 10 indexes. These indicators include health, education, quality of work and standard of living.

This year’s MPI Index found that 200 million people in ten countries have achieved statistically significant progress in achieving the SDG-1 target. Of these, the MPI values ​​of eight countries have declined. However, the number of multi-dimensional poor people in these countries has decreased overall.

According to the report, the fastest decline in poverty countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, and India. At least 9 of these countries have improved. It has been said in the report that Child poverty fell faster than adult poverty in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, India, and Peru.'

But children fell further behind in Ethiopia, and their progress — together with that of adults — stalled in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan, the report said.

It has been said in the report that nearly half of 130 million people identified as poor, 66.30 million under 18 years of age. And 42.80 million under 10 years. About 85 percent of these children live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa region.

The report found that the MPI values ​​of Bangladesh and Pakistan are the same (0.198). Although discrimination in Pakistan is more than Bangladesh. 

Developing in 2010 by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford and the Human Development Report Office of the UNDP, the MPI is used as the flagship human development report. The MPI index of 2019 is available on the UNDP website.