30 May 2023: SCMP

Bangladesh must focus on reducing income inequality as climate change, high inflation and the persistent effects of the pandemic have sank millions into the ranks of the “new poor”, according to a United Nations poverty expert.

Extreme poverty in Bangladesh was cut from 34 per cent in 2000 to 13 per cent in 2016, according to World Bank data.

But that progress does not show the complete picture of poverty in a country of nearly 170 million with the increased cost of living deepening inequality, said Olivier De Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

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