Uganda's progress towards poverty reduction during the last decade 2002/3-2012/13: Is the gap between leading and lagging areas widening or narrowing?

Uganda's progress towards poverty reduction during the last decade 2002/3-2012/13: Is the gap between leading and lagging areas widening or narrowing?
Using repeated cross-sectional household survey data, this paper reveals that Uganda sustained the growth in improvements in average living standards during the last decade albeit with persistent regional disparities. In the recent past, the national poverty significantly declined from 24.5 percent in 2009/10 to 20.7 percent in 2012/13, driven mainly by improvements in the distribution of income rather than the increase in the average living standards. Despite progress in welfare improvement at national level, poverty reduction remained unchanged in the lagging areas - notably Northern and Eastern Uganda; and growing in urban areas. In terms of income distribution, the rising inequality since 2002/3 was interrupted by significant improvements in the distribution of incomes between 2009/10 to 2012/13.
Date: 2014-09-15
Author: Sarah N. Ssewanyana & Ibrahim Kasirye
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Created Date: 09-15-2014
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