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More than a Pretty Picture: Using Poverty Maps to Design Better Policies and Interventions


More than a Pretty Picture (Book cover)The allocation of resources and the design of policies tailored to local-level conditions require highly disaggregated information. Data on poverty at the local level is typically not available because most household surveys are not representative past the regional level. This volume aims to promote the effective use of Small Area Estimation poverty maps in policy making. It presents the range of policies and interventions which have been informed by poverty maps, focusing on the political economy of poverty maps and the key elements to their effective use by policy makers. The volume also looks at the future of poverty maps in terms of new techniques and new areas of application.

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Table of Contents (160kb PDF)

Part I: Applications and Lessons

1. Poverty Maps for Policy Making: Beyond the Obvious Targeting Applications (3.5mb PDF)
2. Increasing the Impact of Poverty Maps (213kb PDF)

Part II: Country Studies

3. Constructing and Using Poverty Maps for Policy Making: The Experience in Albania (2.6mb PDF)
4. The Geography of Monetary Poverty in Bolivia: The Lessons of Poverty Maps (4.5mb PDF)
5. The Poverty Mapping Exercise in Bulgaria (2.3mb PDF)
6. To Use or Not to Use? Poverty Mapping in Cambodia (135kb PDF)
7. Poverty Maps of Yunnan Province, China: Uses and Lessons for Scaling Up (1.8mb PDF)
8. The 1990 and 2001 Ecuador Poverty Maps (1.9mb PDF)
9. Indonesia’s Poverty Maps: Impacts and Lessons (903kb PDF)
10. Poverty Maps and Public Policy in Mexico (592kb PDF)
11. The Poverty Mapping Application in Morocco (136kb PDF)
12. Poverty Maps in Sri Lanka: Policy Impacts and Lessons (5mb PDF)
13. Thailand’s Poverty Maps: From Construction to Application (3.8mb PDF)
14. Poverty Mapping in Vietnam (6.9mb PDF)

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