Understanding Global Poverty introduces students to the study and analysis of poverty, helping them to understand why it is pervasive across human societies, and how it can be reduced through proven policy solutions. Using the capabilities and human development approach, the book foregrounds the human aspects of poverty, keeping the voices, experiences and needs of the world's poor in the centre of the analysis.
Drawing on decades of teaching, research and fieldwork, this interdisciplinary volume is unique in its rigorous application of the multiple disciplines of anthropology, sociology, political science, public health and economics to the phenomenon of global poverty. Starting with definitions and measurement, the book goes on to explore causes of poverty and policy responses, aiming to give a realistic account of what poverty reduction programmes actually look like. Finally, the book draws together the ethics of why we should work to reduce poverty and what actions readers themselves can take to reduce poverty.
This book is an accessible and engaging introduction to the key issues surrounding poverty, with key questions, case studies, discussion questions and further reading suggestions to support learning. Perfect as an introductory textbook for postgraduates and upper level undergraduates, Understanding Global Poverty will also be a valuable resource to policy makers and development practitioners looking for a comprehensive guide to the theoretical frameworks of poverty through the lens of human development.
Serena Cosgrove is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Seattle University, USA. Benjamin Curtis is a Senior Advisor at The Behavioural Insights Team, UK.
Acknowledgements Preface List of maps Chapter 1: Building a Framework for Understanding Poverty Benjamin Curtis and Serena Cosgrove Chapter 2: Development and its Debates Benjamin Curtis and Serena Cosgrove Chapter 3: Multidimensional Poverty Measurements Benjamin Curtis Chapter 4: Health and Poverty Paula E. Brentlinger Chapter 5: Geographical and Spatial Poverty Benjamin Curtis Chapter 6: Gender and Poverty Serena Cosgrove Chapter 7: State Institutions, Governance, and Poverty Benjamin Curtis Chapter 8: Conflict and Poverty Serena Cosgrove Chapter 9: Education as Poverty Reduction Benjamin Curtis Chapter 10: The Environment and Poverty Reduction Benjamin Curtis Chapter 11: Financial Services for the Poor Serena Cosgrove Conclusion: Ethics and Action: What Should You Do about Global Poverty? Benjamin Curtis and Serena Cosgrove List of contributors