Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rwandan government accused of Manipulating poverty data to improve tarnished image

The Rwandan government stands accused of manipulating its poverty data. A report this week by France 24 cites sources who charge that authorities made changes that showed poverty in the small central African country fell, when, it fact, it rose. Changes in the way poverty is measured is the source of disagreement. The Rwandan government strongly denies the report.



“The claims made about the integrity of Rwanda’s official development statistics by anonymous sources in a France 24 article of 2 November 2015 are fundamentally wrong,” said Yussuf Murangwa, head of statistics for the Rwandan government, in an official response to the report. “There have been enormous structural changes to production and consumption patterns in the past fifteen years, such as the introduction of maize as a staple crop. A model that failed to take account of these changes would yield distorted results.”   Rwandan government accused of Manipulating poverty data to improve tarnished image

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