More poor in India than Africa
8 Indian States Have As Many Poor As 25 African Countries And, at 440 million, India has 27.5% of the world’s poor, in only eight Indian states, according to Oxford University’s ‘Multidimensional Poverty Measurements And Analysis’ 440 million of them are in eight large Indian states, according to a new analysis using a unique index developed at the University of Oxford.
As per a new analysis by Oxford University, eight Indian states have similar number of poor as in 25 African countries. There are 1.6 billion people living in multidimensional poverty globally and nearly 440 million of them are in these eight states, which include Bihar, Jharkhand, MP and UP among others. Bihar is the poorest region of south Asia.
The eight Indian states that have similar number of poor as in 25 African countries are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The poorest region in south Asia is Bihar, the analysis states.
According to Sabina Alkire, director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, the Index found that Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Mizoram, Goa and Delhi have not added any more poor in the last 5 years. Our measure of destitution, which identifies a subset of poor people as destitute if they experience a number of extreme deprivations like severe malnutrition, losing two children, having all primary-aged school children out of school, and using open defecation,”she told in a press conference.
Developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) with UN support, it will feature in the upcoming UNDP Human Development Report.
Lead by Afghanistan, India is the second poorest nation in South Asia, followed by Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. The study focuses on “destitution” or homelessness.