The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released the Social Panorama of Latin America 2013 report, which provides a multidimensional view of poverty in South America.
The annual report, which was presented in Santiago, Chile by the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, shows that in absolute terms, poverty remained stable in Latin America in 2013 compared to 2012, when 164 million people were identified as poor, although the percentage of the population in this situation fell slightly.
In contrast, the number of extreme poor, which totalled 66 million in 2012, climbed to 68 million in 2013.
In this edition of the annual Social Panorama report, ECLAC has explored the use of multidimensional approaches to evaluate poverty, noting that ‘A multidimensional measurement of poverty limited to unsatisfied basic needs shows that shortages like the lack of access to drinking water or to appropriate sanitation systems still affect a significant number of people in the region. That makes one wonder if the public policies intended to overcome poverty put enough emphasis on the achievement of minimum standards’.