The designated poorest region does not necessarily have a poorest constituency in the country, while measuring poverty using only income; tend to under estimate the needs of communities.
These are the revelations by the Minister of Economic Planning and Director General. Hon. Tom Alweendo at the launch of the Namibia Poverty Mapping and Index of Multiple Deprivation reports by the National Planning Commission.
Hon. Alweendo informed the gathering that the two reports describe the well-being of the population from two perspectives.
The Poverty Mapping Report describes poverty from a money-metric perspective using derived income, while Index of Multiple Deprivation report describes poverty from a non-monetary perspective such as lack of opportunities and lack of access to services due to other reasons other than income said the Minister.
Both reports describe the situation between the population censuses of 2001 and 2011.
According to the Namibia Poverty Mapping Report, Epupa constituency in Kunene region is the poorest among all constituencies while Kavango region was confirmed to be the poorest region.
The poverty mapping report further found that from 2001 to 2011, poverty has reduced by 11 per cent in all regions, except for Zambezi and Khomas regions.
Hon. Alweendo also told the media that the Index of Multiple Deprivation Report uses five domain of deprivation to describe the lack of opportunity or access to a service. These are employment, health, education, living environment and material, (assets or possessions).
The Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Hon. Zephania Kameeta lauded the National Planning Commission for a job well done, saying the two reports are crucial particularly to his Ministry as they are busy putting up the structure of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication.
Hon. Kameeta further urged all stakeholders to come up with targeted poverty interventions which are continuously reviewed to assess progress towards poverty eradication.
The Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Hon. Aina Kapewangolo, also attended the event.
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