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Poverty in Guatemala : Country Studies - World Bank

Poverty in Guatemala

Country Studies

Paperback Published: 12th November 2003
ISBN: 9780821355527
Number Of Pages: 364

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Poverty in Guatemala is part of the World Bank Country Study series. These reports are published with the approval of the subject government to communicate the results of the Bank's work on the economic and related conditions of member countries to governments and to the development community. In 2000, over half of all Guatemalans-about 6.4 million people-lived in poverty, with about 16% living in extreme poverty. Guatemala rates among the worst in Latin America and the Caribbean for life expectancy, infant mortality and maternal mortality and while the education sector has made progress there are still important biases against the poor. Similarly, progress has also been made in the provision of basic utilities however, important gaps and disparities remain. Poverty in Guatemala is part of a collaborative multi-year program of analytical work and technical assistance (the Guatemala Poverty Assessment Program, or "GUAPA" program). This poverty assessment report conducts an in-depth, multi-dimensional analysis of poverty, building on the framework of the World Bank's World Development Report for 2000/2001 using both quantitative and qualitative data. This study also examines the impact of government policies and spending on the poor. Finally, it uses the empirical findings to identify options and priorities for poverty reduction in the future. Policy options are outlined not only in general, but for the specific themes an sectors covered. This report is also expected to contribute to the definition of the country assistance strategy and lending operations of the World Bank and other donors, so as to make these interventions more effective in the future. This type of study is conducted by the World Bank in its client countries on a regular basis with the objective of assessing the poverty situation of the country in questions.

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Executive Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 21
The Magnitude and Causes of Povertyp. 27
Poverty and Social Indicators of "The Problem"p. 29
The Determinants of Poverty and Inequality: Endowments and Household Characteristicsp. 47
Historical and Contextual Factorsp. 55
Key Challenge: Building Opportunities and Assetsp. 69
Growth and Povertyp. 71
Livelihoods, Labor Markets, and Rural Povertyp. 79
Education and Povertyp. 93
Health, Malnutrition, and Povertyp. 113
Basic Utility Services and Povertyp. 133
Transport, Poverty, and Isolationp. 145
Key Challenge: Reducing Vulnerabilityp. 153
Vulnerability and Vulnerable Groupsp. 155
Social Protection, Private Transfers, and Povertyp. 173
Key Challenge: Empowermentp. 191
Building Institutions and Empowering Communitiesp. 193
Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 209
Priority Actions to Reduce Povertyp. 211
Annexesp. 227
Referencesp. 343
List of Tablesp. 11
List of Boxesp. 22
List of Figuresp. 33
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ISBN: 9780821355527
ISBN-10: 082135552X
Series: Country Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 12th November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.81 x 17.63  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.65

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