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  1. Counties fight to stay on poor list

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com The mainland is revising its list of poverty-stricken counties for the first time in 10 years. But many counties are likely to resist any attempt to drop them ... by provincial governments under guidelines set out in the central government's poverty alleviation blueprint for the five years to 2015. By its own standards, the mainland lifted more than 67 ...

  2. Beijing doubles threshold for rural poverty

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com The central government is raising the rural poverty line. The threshold will nearly double as part of efforts to eradicate poverty in the next decade, in a move that also reflects the country's rising wealth and the erosion of consumer purchasing power. The definition of rural poverty will cover people with annual per capita incomes ...

  3. Rural poverty drops after 10-year drive

    Posted Nov 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Will Clem in Shanghai william.clem@scmp.com Nearly 27 million people remained below the poverty line in rural China at the end of last year after a decade of efforts to alleviate ... progress in development-oriented poverty reduction programme for rural China', documents the central government's achievements in tackling poverty outside the cities since ...

  4. 1 in 5 live below poverty line, welfare body says

    Posted Sep 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Almost a fifth of Hongkongers live below the poverty line, according to a report compiled by a welfare body that has proposed a seven-point agenda ... with waiting lists for some services of more than six years in some districts. The seven areas the council says need action include services for the handicapped and the elderly, as well as poverty ...

  5. Education the key to cutting poverty

    Posted Sep 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Lack of education and poverty go hand in hand, especially in rural areas. The more spending a government allocates per student, the better over time will be the living conditions ... a basic education. The schools they move to are not being adequately funded to handle the influx. Amid persistent rural poverty and ever-rising costs, increasing numbers of children are quitting ...

  6. Points of view on the local poverty issue

    Posted Dec 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wong Yat-hei In the sixth round of the 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College eliminated Hoi Ping Chamber of Commerce Secondary School to earn a spot in the semi-finals. The schools met on December 7 to debate the moti ...

  7. New project to study effects of poverty

    Posted Sep 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chloe Lai Two academics have launched a project that seeks to address Hong Kong's widening wealth gap by studying the effects of poverty on the poor. The two-year project- in which ... that wealth disparity in Hong Kong is among the most serious in the world. 'One of the major problems of poverty is that people have no money to participate in social obligations, ...

  8. Beijing promises relief by 2020 for those living in poverty

    Posted Apr 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Mandy Zuo The central government vowed yesterday to provide adequate food and clothing as well as basic education, health care and housing to all those who live below its poverty line by 2020, according to state media. By then, the average income of farmers in areas categorised as poverty-stricken should grow faster than the national average, and so should key indices in basic ...

  9. Guangdong finds it hard to shake off poverty

    Posted Aug 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... facade'. Narrowing the wealth gap is the focus of the 'Happy Guangdong' campaign Wang launched early this year as the province seeks to concentrate on easing poverty rather than raising GDP over the next five years. Wang declared a three-year 'war on poverty' in March last year that local media called the most ambitious scheme of its kind on the mainland. ...

  10. Knee-jerk fixes no solution to poverty

    Posted Aug 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Li Keqiang was unlikely to have been aware of an Oxfam study on poverty in Hong Kong when he told officials during talks that there were 'certain problems that have ... to the concerns of big business than everyday people, it is little wonder that the vice-premier would want to raise the matter. Officials have responded to poverty with piecemeal fixes like handouts ...




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