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Title:Estimation of poverty in Greater Cairo: case study of three 'unplanned' areas
Authors:Iwasaki, Erina
Laithy, Heba El-
Year:2013
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1017-6772)
Volume:25
Issue:2
Pages:173-188
Language:English
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:urban poverty
urban households
household income
informal settlements
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8268.2013.12022.x/pdf
Abstract:This paper evaluates the poverty situation in three unplanned areas in Cairo, Egypt. The unplanned areas, which are considered low-income areas, make up the majority of Cairo, and they have attracted the interest of policymakers and researchers because of their huge size and the political upheavals that have occurred since the 1990s. However, there have been no studies on poverty in these areas owing to a lack of data. The originality of this paper lies in the use of three concepts of poverty: consumption-based poverty, a multidimensional poverty index (MPI), and subjective poverty. The main finding of the study is that the three types of poverty are different in the three areas. Households can be poor according to the MPI measure or can consider themselves to be poor, even though they are not objectively poor on the consumption-based measure. This implies that policies aiming at improving living standards in these areas should address and design strategies according to the types of poverty that are prevalent. App., bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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