Monitoring global poverty: report of the Commission on Global Poverty

The World Bank’s Commission on Global Poverty has submitted recommendations on how to more comprehensively measure and monitor global poverty in support of the Bank Group’s goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. In its report, the Commission acknowledges the challenges posed by its recommendations, including the limited statistical resources available to poor countries, the need for collaboration across countries and agencies, and different national circumstances among low, and middle-income countries. The Commission also recommends that the World Bank hold constant the yardstick for measuring extreme poverty – at $1.90 a day in 2011 PPPs - until 2030, the target year for the Bank’s own goal of ending poverty as well as the end-year for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first and foremost of which is the eradication of extreme poverty everywhere, in all its forms.

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