Multidimensional poverty continues to fall in Cambodia, but around 35 pct of population still poor: UNDP

Phnom Penh – Multidimensional poverty continued to fall, but around 35 percent of all Cambodians remained poor, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Cambodia said in a press release on Tuesday.

Citing the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), the UNDP said multidimensional poverty is found in all developing regions of the world, and Cambodia is no exception, particularly those living in rural areas.

The MPI, introduced in 2010 by the UNDP, looks beyond income to understand how people experience poverty in multiple and simultaneous ways. It identifies how people are being left behind across three key dimensions: health, education and living standards. Those deprived in at least of a third of the MPI’s components are defined as multidimensionally poor.

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