Poverty Trends and Growth Performance: Some Issues in Bangladesh

Mustafa K Mujery

Abstract


With a low level of per capita income, nearly one of every two
persons in Bangladesh is poor, and one of three lives below the income
poverty line of $ 1 a day.1 If those who are deprived of adequate
clothing or shelter or other basic needs are counted, the number will be
considerably higher. Similarly, if the people who live ‘above’ the
poverty line but are vulnerable to risks, crisis and socioecononomic
shocks and are in constant danger of income erosion below the poverty
threshold are considered, the number will be still larger. The poor in
Bangladesh differ in economic, social, physical and other
characteristics which reflect various deprivations. Such
multidimensionality of the poor’s interlocking deprivations suggests
that a strategy of increasing income alone may not be adequate for
reducing poverty.2 With multi-dimensional characteristics, poverty
requires a multi-strategy solution in Bangladesh.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v39i4IIpp.1171-1191

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