Monday, October 4, 2010

Rethinking Poverty: Report on the World Social Situation 2010

In the latest issue of Child Poverty Insights, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development (UNDESA) discusses the most striking findings presented in UNDESA's recent publication, Rethinking Poverty, describing global poverty trends and distribution patterns over the last 20 years, and the need for rethinking policy approaches.

Among some of the findings discussed are the fact that while the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day declined globally from 1.9 billion in 1981 to 1.4 billion in 2005, the absolute number of people living in poverty actually went up during this period in many countries, and that the experience of poverty is multidimensional. The author also presents some key policies for poverty reduction.

Find this and previous issues of Child Poverty Insights, available for download in English, French and Spanish, here.