When South Sudan became independent in 2011, its poverty headcount was 47 percent (measured at US$ 2011 PPP 1.90). In the following years, South Sudan was subject to economic shocks and military campaigns. This note presents new poverty estimates based on data from a face-to-face High Frequency Survey implemented between February and November 2015. The survey covered a representative sample of 1,3163.
urban and 2,234 rural households in six of the country’s former ten states. The data is freely available in World Bank’s Microdata Library. Consumption is measured using the newly developed rapid consumption methodology. While comparisons with the previous household consumption survey from 2009 are possible, different methodologies warrant caution with the interpretation.