KIARA BRAMASCO WRITES – One of Bangladesh’s leading newspapers, The Daily Star, has reported that poverty levels are decreasing.
The United Nations’ latest development report stated that there are 40 poor countries that are helping to reduce poverty levels and that “Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast.” Shortly after this statement, a new study conducted by Oxford University identified “star performer” nations such as Bangladesh as a country where “… deprivation could disappear within the lifetime of present generations.”
The Oxford study found a reduction in poverty after using a new method of calculating wealth in nations. The Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), as updated in the UN’s 2013 report, no longer takes only economic factors into account, but also includes ten indicators to calculate poverty including “nutrition, child mortality, years of schooling and attendance, cooking fuel, water, sanitation, electricity, assets and a covered floor”. With the use of the MPI, these new findings of a less impoverished future is sure to give Bangladeshis hope for the years to come, and the Bangladeshi media is not wasting any time in reporting the prospect of a better future for its people.