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Guidelines to Small Area Estimation for Poverty Mapping

February 7, 2023
Online and Washington, DC │10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST

Advancing the World Bank’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity requires knowing who the poor are and where they live. By reaching the most granular levels of geographic aggregation, policymakers can significantly improve outcomes for the world’s poorest. However, survey data alone is not sufficient for targeting at the lowest levels. This is where small area estimation becomes necessary.

The publication of Guidelines to Small Area Estimation for Poverty Mapping caps more than two decades of poverty mapping experience at the World Bank since the launch of an innovative method combining census and survey data to study the spatial dimensions of poverty. The guidelines build upon the lessons learned from experience and seek to guide readers on the best methods available for a variety of data landscapes.


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