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Analysis of Poverty in Mozambique

Publications - Poverty Reduction

6 Dec 2013


Three consecutive “National Poverty Assessments” for Mozambique have provided a wealth of information on the poverty patterns and the changes therein in the recent period 1997 to 2009. This report reviews the evidence, noting a marked incongruence of the poverty patterns over time as well as over the various population groups and provinces.


  • Also the position of Maputo appeared extraordinary in the sense that poverty in Maputo City was found to be about as high as in various other parts of the country
  • The new estimates indicate a poverty reduction from 70% in 1997 to 61% in 2003 and a subsequent improvement at a lower pace to 57% in 2009

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