# Thread: what is "less than a quarter of the poorest quintile"?

1. ## what is "less than a quarter of the poorest quintile"?

“Social protection of any sort reaches less than a quarter of the poorest quintile of households in Africa.” In this sentence, author means 1/4, 1/5 or 1/20?

2. ## Re: what is "less than a quarter of the poorest quintile"?

The population is divided into 5 parts according to wealth or income. Those are quintiles.

Now take the bottom quintile, the poorest.

Of those, only 1/4 get any "social protection" (whatever that is).

If we assume that the upper quintiles all have this, then about 3/4 of 1/5 do not.

3. ## Re: what is "less than a quarter of the poorest quintile"?

Originally Posted by SoothingDave

If we assume that the upper quintiles all have this, then about 3/4 of 1/5 do not.
and 1/4 i.e., 1/20 of the total number, do.

4. ## Re: what is "less than a quarter of the poorest quintile"?

Originally Posted by 5jj
and 1/4 i.e., 1/20 of the total number, do.
In that quintile, yes.

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