Why can’t the government get its numbers right? One is a lack of coordination. It’s obvious that officials are not consulting with each other to find out what the actual rate is. The other is just incompetence. If poverty struck 40% six months ago there is no excuse for the authorities to get it wrong now. Unfortunately this happens all too often in official announcements from the government which likes to play down crises and obfuscate things.
Al Forat, “New official statistics on poverty in Iraq … and a shocking number,” 12/30/20
Al Hurra, “Corona has pushed two million Iraqi families below the poverty line… The percentage has reached 30 percent,” 1/4/21
Iraq News Network, “Ministry of Planning: 40% of the Iraqi population lives below the poverty line,” 1/3/21