The World Bank is allocating $6.6 million in grants to finance Iraq’s first nationwide census in 23 years. “Modern systems for data collection and dissemination are essential for providing Iraq’s policymakers with reliable information on which to base their decisions,” World Bank country director Joseph Saba said. “This project will enable Iraq’s government to establish a poverty line, develop policies to reduce poverty and increase employment, and target social assistance to the neediest,” Saba added. The package comprises $5.1 million for the survey on income, spending and living standards and $1.5 million for training on data analysis. (Source: Iraq granted $6.6 mln for census-World Bank/Reuters)

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