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Pandemic is the biggest blow to poverty-reduction efforts

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AMMAN — On Monday the world celebrated the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty amid forecasts that the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, together with the rising food and energy prices, will increase the number of people living in extreme poverty to 685 million by the end of 2022, Al-Saa News reported.اضافة اعلان

According to a policy paper published by the Jordan Strategy Forum that tackles the index of inequality reduction commitment issued by Oxfam and the International Finance Corporation, Jordan’s performance, while attempting to reduce the inequality index, has improved markedly, making it rank 54/161 in 2022, compared to 66/158 in 2020.

The index is a measurement tool aimed at assessing governments’ actions to reduce inequality through three main themes: public services, taxation and employment.

According to the forum, Jordan ranked the weakest in the public services pillar, scoring 99/161. In the area of tax increase, Jordan’s ranking was average: 65/161. In the workers’ rights and the level of wages pillar, Jordan showed good performance, scoring 36/161.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Nasser Al-Shraideh had estimated earlier in August that poverty in Jordan stands at 24 percent, an increase of 6 percent, due to the pandemic implications.

In April 2019, the government announced that absolute poverty among Jordanians had reached 15.7 percent, representing 1.069 million Jordanians. In 2017-2018, extreme poverty reached 0.12 percent, representing 7,993 Jordanians, according to the latest survey of family income and expenses carried out by the Department of Statistics.

The World Bank predicts an additional 11 percent increase in poverty in Jordan due to the pandemic.

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