Uganda’s Multidimensional Poverty Profile, 2020

Going beyond monetary poverty


Over the past three decades, the Government of Uganda has made remarkable progress in its quest to eradicate  poverty. Indeed, between 1992 and 2017 the proportion of the population living in monetary poverty fell dramatically from 56 per cent to 21 per cent.

However, while the method used to measure monetary poverty provides a clear account of households’ financial resources, it does not capture the extent and depth of deprivations experienced by children and adults in Uganda. Broadening our understanding of poverty requires going beyond traditional household expenditure dynamics.

Drawing on data from  the 2016/17 Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS), this policy brief presents the national multidimensional poverty profile.

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