Rural poverty gap at national poverty lines (%)

Definition: Rural poverty gap at national poverty lines is the rural population's mean shortfall from the poverty lines (counting the nonpoor as having zero shortfall) as a percentage of the poverty lines. This measure reflects the depth of poverty as well as its incidence.

Description: The map below shows how Rural poverty gap at national poverty lines (%) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is South Africa, with a value of 52.60. The country with the lowest value in the world is Sri Lanka, with a value of 1.80.

Source: World Bank, Global Poverty Working Group. Data are compiled from official government sources or are computed by World Bank staff using national (i.e. country–specific) poverty lines.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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