Measuring poverty and communicating poverty reduction results is a long-standing priority for the World Bank. Our experts work hand-in-hand with country statistical offices to build local capacity and to help nations develop and implement their poverty surveys and to assess results.
Much of our poverty measurement work centers around improving household surveys and survey methodology to generate more reliable statistics.
We are also developing new and shorter surveys that complement and fill in gaps between traditional surveys. Historically, household surveys – which are used to measure poverty – have been done every three, five or even 10 years, depending on country resources and capacity.
Together with our country clients we are now developing and testing high-frequency survey methods that rely on mobile technology or prediction methods. These methods are generating considerable interest in developing countries that want to conduct surveys more often.
The World Bank's advisory and technical support has led to survey improvements in many countries. Here are a few examples: