Thursday, May 23, 2024

Poverty on the rise: SB’s SWIFT model reveals troubling trends

As Botswana braces for an election year, it confronts a sobering reality: rising poverty levels, underscored by stark inequalities across various demographic segments, as revealed by recent data from Statistics Botswana (SB). This revelation comes on the heels of SB’s adoption of the ‘Survey of Well-being via Instant and Frequent Tracking’ (SWIFT) model, following training facilitated by the World Bank. Introduced in 2014, SWIFT employs cutting-edge machine-learning techniques to swiftly assess poverty and inequality, bypassing the need for extensive household survey data collection. Instead, it relies on analysing poverty correlates such as household size, asset ownership, education levels, and food consumption.

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