The Monitor :: Kweneng West Overtakes Ngamiland West As poorest District
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Kweneng West Overtakes Ngamiland West As poorest District

Kweneng West is officially the poorest district in the country, taking over from Ngamiland West, which carried the unenviable tag in previous surveys conducted by Statistics Botswana.
By Mbongeni Mguni Mon 22 Jan 2018, 16:13 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Kweneng West Overtakes Ngamiland West As poorest District








According to facts unveiled by the data agency last week, Kweneng West has a poverty incidence of 50.6% or roughly one out of every two people.

 The district had an updated population of 52,400 according to the 2015-2016 Botswana Multi-Topic Household Survey released last week.

Statistics Botswana researchers classify ‘poor’ as anyone living below the poverty datum line, a level which represents the cost of a basket of goods and services assessed “to be necessary to meet basic needs of household members”.

The numbers show that after Kweneng West, Ngamiland West was the second poorest district with

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poverty incidence of 40.3%, followed by Kgalagadi South with 39.5%.

Sowa Town is technically the district least affected by poverty with a poverty incidence of just five percent, followed by North East district (7.2%) and South East district (8.1%).

The figures also show that female-headed households are more affected by poverty than those headed by males.

Stats Botswana’s data shows that nationally, poverty levels have dropped, being measured at 19.3% in 2009-2010 to 16.3% in 2015-2016. The figures, however, also show that inequality has increased in the country, nationally and at rural and urban levels.

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