International Development, Community, and Environment

Title

Rethinking Poverty Alleviation: A 'Poverties' Approach

Authors

Edward Carr

Document Type

Article

Abstract

This article argues that the practice of poverty alleviation is greatly limited by a vision of poverty that fails to capture the locally specific causes of and solutions to the challenges that threaten human well-being. This problematic vision of poverty takes real-world form in such initiatives as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers. It is a key reason why this and other contemporary poverty-alleviation efforts do not show greatly improved results compared with previous efforts. By reframing our understanding of the challenges to human well-being from poverty to 'poverties', however, we might envisage a new approach to policy development in relation to poverty that moves us towards a truly sustainable development.

Publication Title

Development in Practice

Publication Date

11-1-2008

Volume

18

Issue

6

First Page

726

Last Page

734

ISSN

0961-4524

DOI

10.1080/09614520802386363

Keywords

aid, methods, Sub-Saharan Africa

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