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Multidimensional poverty decreased in Cesar, but remains above the national average

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Multidimensional poverty decreased in Cesar, but remains above the national average

Dane revealed the percentage of multidimensional poverty in Colombia during 2023. According to official information, last year, the incidence of multidimensional poverty in the country was 12.1%, -0.8 percentage points less than in 2022 (12 .9%).

At the level of the Cesar department, a reduction was also recorded. From 19.1% in 2022, it dropped to 17.7% in 2023. Thus, the department was ranked 14th nationally, and at the Caribbean level it has a lower percentage of poverty than La Guajira (42.6%), Sucre (23.1%), Córdoba (21.4%), Magdalena (21.4%) and Bolívar (19.4%).

QUALITY OF LIFE

But what does the Multidimensional Poverty Index mean and what does it measure? The MPI is composed of five dimensions: 1) educational conditions of the home, 2) conditions of childhood and youth, 3) health, 4) work and 5) access to public home services and housing conditions.

Households are considered multidimensionally poor when they are deprived in at least 33.3% of the indicators. Understanding that Cesar has 1.4 million inhabitants, 17.7% means around 247,000 people living in precarious conditions.

BY DIMENSIONS

In the national total, the dimension that had the greatest contribution to multidimensional poverty was education (35.7%), followed by the dimensions of work (30%), childhood and youth (13.7%), housing conditions ( 12.7%) and health (8.0%).

For its part, in the Caribbean, the greatest contribution to poverty was due to the lack of education (37.1%), followed by the dimensions of work (28.7%), housing conditions (16.6%). , childhood and youth (12.4%), and health (5.3%).

And at the level of the Cesar department, illiteracy, low educational achievement, educational lag, barriers to access to early childhood care and critical overcrowding are the factors that keep more than 247 thousand people in poverty.

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