Doesn’t the international poverty line put too much emphasis on money? What about the other dimensions of poverty?

There are many non-monetary indicators—on education, health, sanitation, water, electricity, etc—that are extremely important for understanding the many dimensions of poverty that people experience. These are an important complement to monetary measures of poverty and are crucial to effectively improving the lives of the poorest.

The global poverty line does not currently take these multiple dimensions of poverty into account. However, the recently-established Commission on Global Poverty is currently assessing how we measure and understand poverty and how to improve this going forward. The World Bank expects their recommendations in April 2016.

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