Manga, Nadine (2009). "Multidimensional Poverty in Cameroon: An Alternative Approach via the Principal Component Analysis" Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

Based on Micro and Macroeconomic data ECAM II, (Cameroon Household Consumption Survey in 2001), this paper evaluates the extend of poverty in Cameroon, confronting the uni-dimensional and multidimensional impact of poverty in Cameroon. Computing multidimensional poverty, we use the Principal Component Analysis approach which aggregates different dimensions of poverty and aids in creating a welfare composite index used to gauge poverty. Based on non-monetary indicators of well-being obtained via the data analysis approach, we compare results obtained with the orthodox monetary approach. Results obtained reveal that non-monetary poverty is severe than monetary poverty along geographical and household characteristics. Additionally, multidimensional poverty contributes more to total poverty than monetary poverty. Policy implication entails that government tilts its attention of policies and programs that go beyond simply income activities to asset based enhancement programs that contribute to welfare as posited by Armatia Sen’s capability approach.