Should connectivity be the new measure of poverty?

Teresa Welsh

Rockefeller Foundation President and former USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said Monday, the development community needs to rethink the way it defines poverty so it is based on measuring energy connectivity.

“Power and electricity are really the baseline for development and poverty reduction, and we at the Rockefeller Foundation believe that we should look very carefully at redefining poverty in energy consumption terms,” Shah said at an event in Washington.

“The standard measures of global poverty are still measured ultimately in a basket of goods that emanates from total calories mindset. And total calories is probably not the right measure anymore of what poverty really is and energy consumption might be.”

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