Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Poverty worsening, latest stats indicate

Posted on Matavuvale.com - April 20, 2010 

Latest economic statistics indicate that income inequalities as well as the percentage of the population living below the poverty line may have worsened, according to the Poverty Eradication Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office.

A statement from the unit announcing a workshop on poverty alleviation impact assessment contained the comments in reference to the yet-to-be released Household and Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES 2008/2009).

Workshop facilitator Dr Howard White of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) told the workshop in Suva today that the latest HIES “will see poverty coming in at 40 to 45 percent”.

He told participants that Fiji suffers from the twin-paradoxes of “poverty in the midst of plenty” and rising poverty accompanying rising spending on poverty alleviation programs.

Figures presented by the Poverty Eradication Unit showed that between 2000 and 2008, $1.5 billion was allocated and spent on poverty alleviation programs via annual budgetary allocations.

Permanent secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lieutenant-Colonel Pio Tikoduadua said White had been brought in to assess the impact of poverty in Fiji.

He said government wants to see the proportion of Fiji’s population living below the poverty line drop from 35 percent to less than 15 percent by 2020.

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