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Type Journal Article - World Development
Title Does geographic targeting of nutrition interventions make sense in Cities? Evidence from Abidjan and Accra
Volume 27
Issue 11
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1999
Page numbers 2011
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VC6-3XK6XD7-9/2/21bc6efd3a7f512f0a6032359a51f909
Although most developing country cities are characterized by pockets of substandard housing and inadequate service provision, it is not known to what degree low incomes and malnutrition are confined to specific neighborhoods. This analysis uses representative household surveys of Abidjan and Accra to quantify small-area clustering in service provision, demographic characteristics, consumption, and nutrition. Both cities showed significant clustering in housing conditions but not in nutrition, while income was clustered in Abidjan but less so in Accra. This suggests that neighborhood targeting of poverty-alleviation or nutrition interventions in these and similar cities could lead to undercoverage of the truly needy.

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