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Poverty in Pakistan by Javed Choudhry


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A brief view of causes and solutions to poverty in Pakistan.

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Poverty in Pakistan by Javed Choudhry

  1. 1. TOPICS Poverty Unemployment Gender discrimination
  2. 2. SEQUENCE Poverty Muhammad Javed Umair Shahzad
  3. 3. SEQUENCE Unemployment Waseem Haider Farooq Zahid Naseem
  4. 4. SEQUENCE Gender Discrimination Muhammad Farjad Sami Muhammad Abid Naeem
  5. 5. Poverty
  6. 6. Topics to be covered Part a:  Poverty and its types  Poverty line  Characteristics  Causes  Effects Muhammad Javed
  7. 7. Topics to be covered Part b:  Poverty in Pakistan  Causes of Poverty in Pakistan  Poverty Reduction Umair Shahzad
  8. 8. What Is Poverty? Poverty is the state of one who lacks a certain amount of material possessions or money.
  9. 9. Types of Poverty Absolute Relative Voluntary
  10. 10. Absolute Poverty  Absolute poverty refers to the deprivation of basic human needs, which commonly includes food, water, sanitation, clothing, shelter, health care and education i.e. Absolute Poverty is the absence of enough resources (such as money) to secure basic life necessities.  It depends not only on income but also on access to services.
  11. 11. Absolute Poverty  United Nations further defines absolute poverty as the absence of any two of the following seven basic needs: Food Safe drinking water Sanitation facilities Health Shelter Education Access to services
  12. 12. Relative Poverty  Relative poverty views poverty as socially defined and dependent on social context, hence relative poverty is a measure of income inequality.  The term relative poverty can also be used in a different sense to mean "moderate poverty" –- for example, a standard of living or level of income that is high enough to satisfy basic needs but still significantly lower than that of the majority of the population under consideration.
  13. 13. Relative Poverty  Relative poverty is measured as the percentage of population with income less than some fixed proportion of median income.  Measures of relative poverty are almost the same as measuring income inequality.  If a society gets a more equal income distribution, relative poverty will fall.
  14. 14. Voluntary Poverty  Among some individuals, poverty is considered a necessary condition, which must be embraced to reach certain spiritual, moral, or intellectual states.  Poverty is often understood to be an essential element of renunciation in religions such as Buddhism.
  15. 15. Poverty Line  Poverty line is the minimum level of income deemed adequate.  Poverty line is significantly higher in developed countries than in developing countries.  The common international poverty line has in the past been roughly $1 a day. In 2008, the World Bank came out with a revised figure of $1.25.
  16. 16. Characteristics
  17. 17. Characteristics  Health  Hunger  Education  Housing and Utilities  Violence
  18. 18. Characteristics Health:  Those living in poverty suffer disproportionately from hunger or even starvation.  Those who live in poverty have also been shown to have a far greater likelihood of having a disability within their lifetime as well as Infectious diseases.
  19. 19. Characteristics Hunger  Rises in the costs of living making poor people less able to afford items.  Poor people spend a greater portion of their budgets on food than richer people. As a result, those near the poverty threshold can be particularly vulnerable to increases in food prices.  Threats to the supply of food may also be caused by drought and the water crisis.
  20. 20. Characteristics Education  A high risk of educational underachievement for children who are from low-income housing circumstances.  Children who live at or below the poverty level will have far less success educationally than children who live above the poverty line.
  21. 21. Characteristics Housing and Utilities  Poverty increases the risk of homelessness.  Slum-dwellers, make up a third of the world's urban population.  According to a report by the United Nations there are over 100 million street children worldwide.
  22. 22. Characteristics Violence  Several women become victims of trafficking, the most common form of which is prostitution, as a means of survival and economic desperation.  Deterioration of living conditions can often compel children to abandon school in order to contribute to the family income, putting them at risk of being exploited.
  23. 23. Causes  Decline in overall national growth  Political instability  Natural disasters  Corruption  Socio-economic disparities and prejudices
  24. 24. Causes  Lack of access to education  Lack of infrastructure  Lack of relevant laws &administrative procedures  Lack of access to investment & credit, complete market information
  25. 25. Effects  Without the security of formal jobs, each day the poor work from dawn to dusk.  All or most of the money earned go to basic survival. There is little or no money left to improve quality of life.  Living in poverty almost always means that the harsh reality of today will repeat itself tomorrow.
  26. 26. Effects  Poverty breeds poverty .If one cannot afford proper nutrition or health care for one’s family, children grow up at greater risk of acquiring a life threatening or disabling disease.  If one cannot afford to educate one’s children, it will be a repeat of their parents’ life.  If one cannot afford to buy one’s own land or home or livestock, there are few opportunities to build assets that will last over time.
  27. 27. Poverty in Pakistan  Every third Pakistani is caught in the ‘Poor’ bracket.  Some 58.7 million out of a total population of 180 million subsist below the poverty line.  This includes more than half the population in the forever remote Baluchistan , 33 per cent in Sindh, 32 per cent in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 19 per cent in Punjab.
  28. 28. Poverty in Pakistan Percentage by Population 33% 32% KPK 32% Punjab 19% Baluchistan 16% 16% 19% Sindh 33%
  29. 29. Poverty in Pakistan
  30. 30. Causes of Poverty In Pakistan  Government Bad Policies  Corruption  Inflation  Smuggling  Overpopulation  Unemployment  Lack of education  Law and order situation  Foreign Investment
  31. 31. Govt. Expenditures  It is estimated that around 5 Crore per month is spent on the security of Prime Minister and the President.  Monthly expense of 1 minister = 30 Lac, Monthly expense of 96 minister = 28 Crore80 Lac
  32. 32. CORRUPTION  It’s a condition when People forget about mortality, and don’t care about the fact if money is being earned by fair means  Only one relationship that is exists in society is money. One has to pay a heavy cost to get his right.  Institutions have failed to provide justice to common Citizens.
  33. 33. Inflation  Poverty in Pakistan is increasing because of general rise in prices of all products in Pakistan  Hence, it decreases purchasing power of people earning low earnings/Wages/Salaries.
  34. 34. Smuggling  Pakistan was recently facing the shortage of sugar and wheat due to the smuggling these items to neighboring countries.  Pakistan is the 7th largest wheat producing, it’s consumption was 20 Million ton and produced 23 million ton recently.  Similarly Pakistan is the 4th largest sugarcane producing country.
  35. 35. Unemployment  International Labor Organization defines, poverty occurs when people are without jobs and they have actively sought work.  Unemployment rate in 2009 was 7.40 which is doubled in 2010, the current rate is 15.20%.  When people are unemployed they consume the resources but are unable to contribute in overall economy, which results in poverty.
  36. 36. Law and Order Situation  Terrorist attacks create uncertainty in stock markets and people earnings from stock markets are getting loss due to which the whole country faces uncertain increase in commodity prices.  Local Industries, Firms are unable to sign agreements with foreign investors due to prevailing law and order situation.
  37. 37. Poverty Reduction
  38. 38. Poverty Reduction  Increasing the supply of basic needs.  Increasing personal income.
  39. 39. Basic Needs Supply Food and other goods  Agricultural technologies such as nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides have dramatically reduced food shortages by boosting yields.  Mass production of goods in places such as rapidly industrializing China has made things inexpensive and accessible to many who were otherwise too poor to afford them.
  40. 40. Basic Needs Supply Health care and education  Desirable actions such as enrolling children in school or receiving vaccinations can be encouraged.
  41. 41. Basic Needs Supply Removing constraints on govt. services  Basic services should be provided without corruption.  Low taxes
  42. 42. Basic Needs Supply Controlling overpopulation  Overpopulation and lack of access to birth control leads to population increase to exceed food production and other resources.  Empowering women with better education and more control of their lives makes them more successful in bringing down rapid population growth through family planning.
  43. 43. Personal Income Income grants  A guaranteed minimum income ensures that every citizen will be able to purchase a desired level of basic needs.  Income grants (subsidies) are argued to be vastly more efficient in extending basic needs to the poor.
  44. 44. Personal Income Economic freedoms  Easy terms and conditions for the people to open a business.  Favorable circumstances.  Governments should provide essential infrastructure.
  45. 45. Personal Income Financial Services Another form of aid is microloans, made famous by the Gramean Bank, where small amounts of money are loaned to farmers or villages, mostly women, who can then obtain physical capital to increase their economic rewards.
  46. 46. Personal Income Cultural factors to productivity  Cultural factors, such as discrimination of various kinds, can negatively affect productivity such as age discrimination, stereotyping, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and caste discrimination.  Max Weber and the Modernization Theory suggest that cultural values could affect economic success.
  47. 47. Point to Ponder
  48. 48. Point to Ponder “The amount of money the UK spends On chocolate each year could make Africa NOT live in poverty”.