Written by Paula Lucci, from the Overseas Development Institute, writing on Development Progress:
“Let’s say we wanted to find out whether poor people in slums have seen improvements in their living conditions over the past 15 years. It should be pretty straightforward, right? Looking at how slum dwellers fare on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seems an obvious starting point. For example, have slum residents seen their incomes increase enough to lift them out of poverty (MDG1)? Do more people have access to a regular supply of safe water, a decent toilet and housing now than 15 years ago (MDG7)?
In fact, there are a number of limitations to answering these questions: what constitutes a ‘slum’ is contested, the indicators used are often inaccurate or incomplete, and in many developing countries basic data for slum areas simply does not exist. In this blog series, experts highlight some of the problems with existing data and suggest ways to improve it in a post-2015 framework.”
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