Monday, 23 February 2015

UN Human Index shows poverty decline slows down in Rwanda

UN Human Index shows poverty decline slows down in RwandaKIGALI (TOA) - The rate at which poverty is being eliminated in Rwanda has slowed down due to food price increments, high unemployment rate and poor income spread in most towns and rural areas, affecting several million of people people, according to a UN report released on Feb.19 in Kigali, the Rwandan capital city.

The UN Human Development Report, which measures the status of well-being and efforts to combat growing poverty, found out that less than one-third of Africans are living above the poverty mark, with a whopping 72% of the continent’s population living without proper access to education and health.

“We measured three factors that determine growth - life expectancy, educational attainment and the national resources allocation for the pro-poor programmes,” Lamin Manneh, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative for Rwanda, said after the release of the report.

In Rwanda, studies showed one million of people recently rescued from poverty stood the risk of falling back into poverty as a result of the food price increases.

The studies to determine how fragile the efforts to eliminate poverty remained, concluded that the link between education access and lack of purchasing power amongst a section of the population could increase the rate of starvation. Read More...

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