These vulnerable Ugandans are the so-called transitory poor, who live just over the poverty line.
During the two years of Covid-19, between 2019 and 2020, the percentage of disadvantaged Ugandans climbed from 18.7% to 21.91%.
According to studies from the Ministry of Finance and the Uganda National Household Survey, despite a drop in poverty over the seven years leading up to 2020, most Ugandans still run the danger of falling back into poverty.
According to the paper, a sizable proportion of the poor have remained chronically poor, which intended to investigate Uganda’s structural change. Yet, despite many households getting out of poverty in all four areas of Uganda (western, northern, eastern, and central), continue to move above and below the poverty line depending on circumstances.
Part of the report reads “Therefore, most Ugandans are vulnerable to falling back into poverty.” The paper indicated that the vulnerability was particularly evident in the two years of Covid-19 between 2019 and 2020 when the percentage of impoverished Ugandans rose from 18.7% to 21.91%.
According to the report, 16.99 million Ugandans are classed as insecure non-poor, which refers to households that are above but near the poverty line, are vulnerable to shocks, and can relapse into poverty, while 8.13 million are classified as poor in the country.
According to a research published last week, the predicament of Uganda’s middle-class people varies slightly from that of the poor, in that the number of middle-class individuals in Uganda trended in the right direction, while the number of poor trended in the wrong way.
According to studies on the middle class in Uganda, the increase from 14.12 million during the year ending 2017 to 15.64 million in 2022 reflects a “positive trend fit with Uganda Vision 2040.”
According to the report on Uganda’s poor, which was published a week ago but was originally presented on February 8, while the number of people living in poverty increased between 2012 and 2017, it subsequently fell to 18.7% by 2019.
“Had it not been because of Covid-19, poverty would likely have fallen below 20.3 percent. This is because, before Covid-19 lockdowns, poverty had fallen to 18.7 percent, but then increased to 21.91 percent during the lockdowns,” the report reads in part.
The study looks at the government’s plans to help families transition from low to high productivity jobs and sectors while also lessening their exposure to poverty. The poll also identified a shift in the dynamics of poverty, with northern Uganda serving as its hub.
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