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Ethiopia has seen dramatic poverty reduction in the last two decades, nearly halving between 1996 and 2016. Reaching the remaining quarter of the population still living in poverty will be challenging though, and so will preventing impoverishment among those living just above the poverty line. Climate change, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic have left many people at risk of impoverishment and will continue to exacerbate chronic poverty. DEEP is working on innovations in data to measure extreme poverty, analysing of the main drivers of poverty in Ethiopia, and studying what works to reduce extreme poverty.

Poverty Trends in Ethiopia

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