Baseline Poverty Study of UNRWA Microfinance Clients in the West Bank

In 2010, UNRWA’s Microfinance Department (MD) contracted the preparation and development of three simple poverty scorecards (SPS) to enable it to determine the probability of its clients being poor, i.e. based on falling below the national poverty lines in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Jordan and Syria. The scorecards were derived from expenditure and consumption survey for the Palestinian territories and from the income and expenditure survey databases of the government statistical bureaus in Jordan and Syria. In Palestine, the simple poverty scorecard was based on the 2007 Palestinian Expenditure and Consumption survey conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics PCBS). The SPS is a standardized methodology identical to the Grameen Foundation’s progress‐out‐of‐ poverty index (PPItm) which is now used in over 30 countries to measure the probability of microfinance clients being poor, based on national and other standard poverty lines. An SPS developed for Palestine was completed in December 2009 and this report is the second application of its utilisation on UNRWA’s microfinance clients in Palestine.

Baseline Poverty Study of UNRWA Microfinance Clients in the West Bank
Year: 
2011
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