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Geographical Area: Kyrgyz Republic

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides information about the indicator

Indicator name

1.2.1: Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age

Target name

1.2: By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from Kyrgyzstan statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from Kyrgyz statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other Kyrgyz-specific metadata information.

Geographical coverage

Kyrgyz Republic

Unit of measurement



The national poverty rate is the percentage of the total population living below the national poverty line. The rural poverty rate is the percentage of the rural population living below the national poverty line. Urban poverty rate is the percentage of the urban population living below the national poverty.


To calculate the proportion of country’s population living below the national poverty line, the following measures are required - welfare indicator (consumption) and poverty line, expressed in monetary terms. Poverty line is the estimated minimum level of income per person needed to secure the necessities of life. Household consumption expenditure - monetary expenditure on purchases of consumer non-food goods and services, as well as estimation of food consumption value.

Rationale and interpretation

National poverty line is used in the Kyrgyz Republic to assess population’s standard of living and justify targeted State support for low-income citizens in difficult circumstances, implementation of a single State social policy to ensure access to material and spiritual goods and services. Welfare indicator is calculated annually based on regular data on population expenditures and consumption of the Kyrgyz Republic. The poverty line is redefined along the revised social standards, collection methods or information processing procedures changes, and when the average annual inflation rate exceeds 10 per cent. In subsequent years, the poverty line is annually indexed to consumer price index (period to period): food basket value is indexed to the average annual consumer price index for food products, non-food goods and services value by the average annual index for non-food goods and services.

Method of computation

A household and all inhabitants are classified as poor if the average per capita consumption of the household does not exceed the poverty line. The indicator is calculated as a percentage to population.

Comments and limitations

The concept of poverty assessment using national poverty line differs from the international poverty estimates. National poverty is a different concept than global poverty. National poverty rate is defined at country-specific poverty lines in local currencies. These poverty lines vary considerably in value across countries depending on their economic development. Thus, national poverty rates cannot be compared across countries or with the $1.90-a-day poverty rate. Poverty estimates in the Kyrgyz Republic are based on data from household sample surveys, which presents certain limitation for detailed poverty indicators.

Quality assurance

Poverty economists from the World Bank typically engage with NSOs broadly on poverty measurement and analysis as part of technical assistance activities. The raw data are obtained by poverty economists through their contacts in the NSOs, and checked for quality before being submitted for further analysis.

Data availability and gaps

Comparable statistical series based on a common methodology have been available since 2000.


National and subnational level, by area, sex and age group.

Comparability with international data/standards

National poverty line indicators are not comparable with other countries, even though the NSC applies the internationally recognized and approved consumption-based poverty method as one of the standard computation methods for poverty.

References and documentation

Poverty line definition methodology:

Data sources

Integrated Household Budget and Labour Force Sample Survey (hereinafter IHBLFSS).

Data collection methods

Data are obtained through the IHBLFSS questionnaires using a cluster sample built on the latest available Census and up-to-date housing lists. The IHBLFS surveys rely on personal interviews collected using tablet computers (ComputerAssisted Personal Interview, CAPI). Data are collected on a quarterly basis and an indicator is calculated using data for the past year.

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This table provides information about the supplier of the data


National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (Household Statistics Division)

Contact person(s)/focal point

Kerimalieva N.K.

Contact person's email

Contact person's phone

(0312) 32 46 91

Organization website

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