EXTREME POVERTY IS ONE of the most important factors contributing to disease and death in the developing world. Yet, the causes of poverty are difficult to understand, and even more difficult to combat. As with Effective Altruism, anti-poverty programs and policies must be guided by accurate, specific, and robust data. For many countries, the available data is weak, non-existent, one-dimensional, or sorely outdated. We could say they are subject to ‘data deprivation.’ And ‘data deprivation’ means that people’s lives are not seen and their voices are not heard.
We believe collecting data is giving voice to the poor.
In a later post, I will take up the issue of how poverty is measured, but for now, I offer this brief, perky video presentation (5 min.) by two affable World Bank economists discussing “77 Reasons We Need Poverty Data.”