Eastern, Northern Regions Most Hit by Poverty, says World Bank Report

There’s a glaring gap in poverty levels in Uganda with the North and Eastern regions registering higher prevalence compared to other regions, click a World Bank report has indicated. It indicates a slower progress made in the two regions which have the least well-off and marginalized population.

According the Uganda Poverty Assessment Report which was launched on Tuesday, approved the proportion of the total number of poor people who live in the Northern and Eastern regions increased between 2006 and 2013 from 68% to 84%.

Figures put the incidence of poverty at 43.7% in the north and 24.5% in the east compared to 4.7% and 8.7% in the central and western regions respectively.

“A third of Ugandans remain poor and vulnerable to shocks despite the reduction of poverty. Between 2005 and 2009 for every 3 Ugandans who were lifted out of poverty, 2 fell back in,” the report further reveals.

The persisting poverty rates are majorly attributed to high fertility rates which has exacerbated dependency in poor households coupled with slow consumption growth.

While launching the report at Kampala Serena Hotel, the State Minister of Planning, David Bahati reiterated government commitment to further address the poverty problem through investment in education, health and agriculture.

The World Bank Country Manager, Christina Malmberg while commenting on implementation of government programs told journalists; “World bank has a large program here in Uganda. We would like government to focus on implementation. large volumes remain undispersed. The dispersement rate has dropped to 10% this year  we believe that better implementation it has something to do with greater development impact.”

Generally, the proportion of Uganda’s population living beneath the national poverty line declined from 31.1% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2013 making Uganda the fastest country to reduce poverty levels in Sub Saharan Africa.

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