Supporting development in Bhutan through poverty mapping

World Bank team has created poverty maps of Bhutan in collaboration with Bhutan’s National Statistics Bureau (NSB) and the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC).

The team uses a “Small Area Estimation” method, utilizing both the 2005 Population Census and the 2007 household living standard survey (BLSS) to produce reliable poverty estimates at lower levels of disaggregation than existing survey data permits. Experts believe they can learn more from the poverty map by comparing it with other maps of locations of public service centres, transport networks, and market access. Using the poverty map can also identify the kind of investments necessary to lift such areas out of poverty.

Here the two maps show a correlation between poverty and accessibility, revealing poor areas tend to have poor connection to road networks and low access to markets. This only shows correlations, and not causal relationships.

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World Bank,

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern

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