The Geography of Poverty: How to Help the World’s Poorest Depends on Where they Live

Reducing poverty and improving equity
Posted Sep 28, 2012 | The Economist, Institute of Development Studies

Although the long but inequitable period of economic growth has lifted many developing countries into middle-income status, a minority of their populations has remained mired in poverty. Four-fifths of those surviving on less than $2 a day are not living in poor countries but in middle-income countries with a GNI per head of between $1,000 and $12,500.  In this article from The Economist, Andy Sumner of Britain’s Institute of Development Studies explains that as most of the poverty problem lies in middle-income countries, foreign aid is less relevant to poverty reduction. One needs to make middle-income countries’ domestic policies more “pro-poor”. Reader  


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