Extreme poverty was reduced in the period 2012-2014 in 86,600 people nationwide; however, there were 13 states with an increase. The previous information was released by the CONEVAL (National Council for Evaluation of Social Policy) in its latest report for 2012-2014.
In these 13 states over a million people joined the extreme poverty, even if the Mexican Federal Government delivered to these states 46 percent of federal resources during 2013-2014.
In the period 2010-2012, 10 states showed an increase of 303,900 people to extreme poverty. However, in that year (nationwide) 1.4 million scape from this marginal condition.
It is not clear if that responds to a change in the strategy or some other reason. However, it is more socially profitable improve the whole population performance and encourage the expansion of the middle class, instead of increase the assignation to the population affected for extreme poverty. Painful from a human point of view, but that's the recommendation from a public policy perspective.
In addition, the above results also make clear the need for a new comprehensive approach that considers the cognitive and affective aspects of welfare. A wellness approach based on international trends on quality of life will allow a better performance and may refocus national priorities with better results.
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