[From counting the poor to making the poor count]

This report is part of a long-term process of capacity building and mainstreaming of poverty analysis in Bangladesh. Chapter 1 outlines the collaborative, capacity-building effort between the Bureau of Statistics (BBS) and the World Bank to access primary data needed to profile poverty and elucidate the determinants of poverty; presents new measures of national, rural, and urban poverty since 1983, based on household expenditure surveys; measures poverty based on location, land ownership, and the education, gender, and occupation of the head of household; and compares Bangladesh's performance with that of other South and East Asian countries. Chapter 2 discusses the relationship among growth, inequality, and poverty to address why poverty has declined so slowly. Chapter 3 examines microeconomic determinants of poverty related to education, occupational choice, land ownership, geographical location, labor markets, and demographics. It discusses the role of investments, especially in social and human capital, and microfinance programs. Chapter 4 focuses on government expenditures and social safety net programs, urging the need to improve quality of basic health care and both quality in and access to education, especially for girls. Chapter 5 reviews the growth of nongovernemntal organizations and assesses their performance relative to that of the government in providing microcredit, health, and education services in rural areas and in targeting the poor

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Apr 1998

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