Sunday, November 4, 2007

How many databases does it take to measure poverty?

The MDG Monitor is designed as a one-stop-shop for information on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), globally and at the country level. It is intended as a tool for policymakers, development practitioners, journalists, students and others interested in learning about the Goals and tracking progress toward them.

Globalis-is an interactive world atlas where you decide what is to be displayed on the map. Globalis aims to create an understanding for similarities and differences in human societies, as well as how we influence life on the planet.

Online Atlas of MDGs


Poverty Analysis Toolkit
Michael Lokshin and Martin Ravallion are developing a set of Stata ado programs to make accessible various methodologies for dynamic poverty analysis.

As of today, the Poverty Analysis Toolkit includes four programs for dynamic poverty analysis. The first two programs GIDECOMPOSITION and SEDECOMPOSITION perform growth-inequality and sectoral decompositions of poverty between two periods of time. Programs GICURVE and POV_ROBUST produce graphs. The first program produces the growth incidence curve and the second program produces various graphs for stochastic dominance analysis. The programs are accompanied by the help files with a detailed explanation of the programs’ syntax and applications. The sample program “” illustrates the use of the program on a fictitious dataset

Poverty Mapping Program
The Poverty and Inequality Mapper Module is a SAS program that combines survey and census data to generate poverty and inequality estimates with standard errors at low levels of aggregation. The program generates such profiles for Atkinson inequality measures, Generalized Entropy class inequality indices, the Gini index, and Foster-Greer-Thorbecke (FGT) poverty measures. Use of the programs requires basic familiarity with SAS.

Mapping the Majority compiles relevant indicators on economic participation and the living conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean

EQxIS offers estimations of social indicators for monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) based on microdata from household surveys

DataGob is a user-friendly interface for accessing most of the publicly available indicators related to governance

DATAINTAL is a system of trade statistics of countries in the Americas developed by the Institute for the Integration of Latin America (INTAL)

International Development Statistics (IDS) online

PovSTAT -an Excel based program that produces forecasts that vary by level of complexity depending on the availability of reliable data for the post survey period and on the extent to which various factors influencing poverty levels are incorporated. You will find a chapter describing the tool, as well as a file with the program itself

SimSIP Poverty — an Excel based program that enables the user to make poverty and inequality comparisons between sectors and over time.

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