Development and Poverty Reduction
To what extent
can subnational regional development reduce poverty? How strong are locational
factors in the determination of individual poverty?
In most developing
countries, the poor are disproportionately concentrated in backward areas.
In large countries where there are usually substantial differences in
per-capita incomes across regions, the issue of "poor areas or poor
people" is central for Bank staff writing Poverty Assessments and
designing anti-poverty strategies. In this section, we present readings
and references dealing with the regional aspects of poverty analysis and
policy, and a sample of poverty assessments that include some coverage
of the regional distribution of poverty.