Policy Brief: Second Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report


Country: Arab region, State of Palestine

Publication Type: Policy briefs

Cluster: Gender Justice, Population and Inclusive Development

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Climate change, Debt and fiscal policy, Gender equality, Governance & enabling environment, Future of employment, Macroeconomics, Population dynamics & migration, Statistics, Technology & innovation, Trade & regional connectivity

Initiatives: Addressing multidimensional poverty, Public finance and inclusive fiscal policy

SDGs: Agenda 2030, Goal 1: No Poverty, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, Goal 4: Quality Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities, Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption, Goal 13: Climate Action

Keywords: Covid-19, Conflict, Poverty, Arab countries, Poverty mitigation, Economic conditions, Households, Social conditions, Statistical data, Children

Second Arab multidimensional poverty report

May 2023

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arab countries were facing daunting challenges, including conflict, instability, displacement, high rates of material deprivation and unemployment, and increasing financial pressures that all affected poverty and efforts to reduce it. The pandemic and the war in Ukraine have exacerbated money-metric poverty and deprivations in several dimensions relating to household capabilities.

This policy brief describes and analyses the extent, characteristics and evolution over time of multidimensional poverty in Arab countries. It reveals trends over the last decade and discusses the impacts on poverty of the multiple crises affecting the region, highlighting elements of progress and stagnation in poverty reduction efforts. It also sets out a way forward by laying out policy recommendations that remain valid and important after the first Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report. Linking development policies and programmes to the poverty indices used in this report could help to design better-targeted initiatives that reach the poor and address the severity and complexity of poverty.

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