Targeting poverty in Laos: how well do current approaches reach the poor?

Epprecht, Michael; Heinimann, Andreas; Messerli, Peter; Wiesmann, Urs Martin (2013). Targeting poverty in Laos: how well do current approaches reach the poor? (Evidence for Policy Series, Regional edition Southeast Asia 3). Pathumthani, Thailand: NCCR North-South

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Funds for poverty reduction are limited, so allocating them effectively is important in development planning. A common way to do this is to plot the distribution of poor people on maps, and then to target poverty-alleviation efforts at areas with the largest incidences of poverty. But this is a crude approach that risks missing a large share of the poor. This issue of evidence for policy shows how careful analysis of detailed spatial information – in this case in Laos – can reveal patterns that are not immediately obvious. That can lead to better, more precise targeting well beyond a purely geographic focus on poor areas, and to more differentiated and spatially integrated development planning.

Item Type:

Report (Report)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > NCCR North-South Management Centre (discontinued)
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Epprecht, Michael; Heinimann, Andreas; Messerli, Peter and Wiesmann, Urs Martin

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

Series:

Evidence for Policy Series, Regional edition Southeast Asia

Publisher:

NCCR North-South

Language:

English

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Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2014 10:11

Last Modified:

19 Oct 2015 11:17

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.46596

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/46596

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