Monday, August 4, 2008

The Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09: Escaping Poverty Traps

The Chronic Poverty Report was launched on July 8th by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Searching for possible solutions of chronic poverty, the authors identify five main traps that underpin chronic poverty-insecurity, limited citizenship, spatial disadvantage, social discrimination and poor work opportunities, and outline key policy responses to these. This paper argues that the development of a “just social compact” between citizens and states must be the focus for poverty eradication. Development actors can nurture such a compact through social protection, public services, gender empowerment, anti-discrimination action, economic growth and fiscal policy. In the report, life stories of seven chronically poor people from across Asia and African shows the human face behind the statistics and policies.

Full report / Summary of the report