Dollarisation of Poverty: Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015 by Palash Kamruzzaman

By Palash Kamruzzaman

This publication deals a severe research on making use of a common realizing of poverty and indicates methods ahead for poverty aid for constructing nations in a post-2015 period. Taking particular country-contexts under consideration, the writer argues that nationwide poverty strains could be the benchmark for destiny anti-poverty regulations.

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While international poverty line is created through ‘averaging’, ‘converting’ and ‘upward-downward scaling’, how do we know those were not subject to some form of data manipulation? As Fischer (2010) asserts, the issue of adjustment leads to the classic quandary where we simply do not know whether poverty trends over time reflect actual changes or errors of adjustment. 0006 Problems of Dollarising Poverty  process? As Helwege and Birch (2007: 6) note, ironically, ‘the institutions that generate poverty data are well aware of how methodological choices affect poverty estimates’.

Do members of society buy foods according to how much calories the staple/purchased food would contain (generally speaking – unless someone is on diet). Do they actually know what food contain how much calories? Do they bother to know? It is important to take into account whether poor people know how much calorie they need for a day and are aware where they need to go to buy that bundle of goods/ food with their little money as outlined in calorie based poverty line. How much time it will require to find those foods containing required calories within their reach in different shops/markets/locations and buy the basket of food that will provide the minimum calorie intake assuming that all of those from this bundle cannot be found in one place.

The focus has been on current income (or consumption as its substitute) as the basis for identifying the poor, but income as a living standard indicator is problematic due to time period, input accounting and household size. 13 A recent study in Latin America shows that national extreme poverty rates, using poverty lines based on calorific and demographic characteristics, may be more than twice as high as those based on the World Bank’s $1-a-day line. 0006 Problems of Dollarising Poverty  Commission for Latin America, using a calories-and-demography poverty line, estimates the rate at 14 per cent (ECLA, 2001: 51).

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