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Poverty is a condition in which a person or community is deprived of, or lacks the essentials for a minimum standard of well-being and life. Since poverty is understood in many senses, these essentials may be material resources such as food, safe drinking water, and shelter, or they may be social resources such as access to information, education, health care, social status, political power, or the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with other people in society.
Poverty may also be defined in relative terms. In this view income disparities or wealth disparities are seen as an indicator of poverty and the condition of poverty is linked to questions of scarcity and distribution of resources and power. Poverty may be defined by a government or organization for legal purposes, see Poverty threshold.
Poverty is also a type of religious vow, a state that may be taken on voluntarily in keeping with practices of piety.
- Main article: Measuring poverty
Although the most severe poverty is in the developing world, there is evidence of poverty in every region. In developed countries, this condition results in wandering homeless people and poor suburbs and ghettos[How to reference and link to summary or text]. Poverty may be seen as the collective condition of poor people, or of poor groups, and in this sense entire nation-states are sometimes regarded as poor. To avoid stigma these nations are usually called developing nations[How to reference and link to summary or text].
When measured, poverty may be absolute or relative poverty. Absolute poverty refers to a set standard which is consistent over time and between countries. An example of an absolute measurement would be the percentage of the population eating less food than is required to sustain the human body (approximately 2000-2500 calories per day).
The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than US$ (PPP) 1 per day, and moderate poverty as less than $2 a day. It has been estimated that in 2001, 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day. The proportion of the developing world's population living in extreme economic poverty has fallen from 28 percent in 1990 to 21 percent in 2001. Much of the improvement has occurred in East and South Asia. In Sub-Saharan Africa GDP/capita shrank with 14 percent and extreme poverty increased from 41 percent in 1981 to 46 percent in 2001. Other regions have seen little or no change. In the early 1990s the transition economies of Europe and Central Asia experienced a sharp drop in income. Poverty rates rose to 6 percent at the end of the decade before beginning to recede.  There are various criticisms of these measurements.
Other indicators are also improving. Life expectancy has greatly increased in the developing world since WWII and is starting to close the gap to the developed world where the improvement has been smaller. Even in Sub-Saharan Africa, the least developed region, life expectancy increased from 30 years before World War II to a peak of about 50 years before the HIV pandemic and other diseases started to force it down to the current level of 47 years. Child mortality has decreased in every developing region of the world. The proportion of the world's population living in countries where per-capita food supplies are less than 2,200 calories (9,200 kilojoules) per day decreased from 56% in the mid-1960s to below 10% by the 1990s. Between 1950 and 1999, global literacy increased from 52% to 81% of the world. Women made up much of the gap: Female literacy as a percentage of male literacy has increased from 59% in 1970 to 80% in 2000. The percentage of children not in the labor force has also risen to over 90% in 2000 from 76% in 1960. There are similar trends for electric power, cars, radios, and telephones per capita, as well as the proportion of the population with access to clean water.
Relative poverty views poverty as socially defined and dependent on social context. In this case, the number of people counted as poor could increase while their income rise. A relative measurement would be to compare the total wealth of the poorest one-third of the population with the total wealth of richest 1% of the population. There are several different income inequality metrics, one example is the Gini coefficient.
In many developed countries the official definition of poverty used for statistical purposes is based on relative income. As such many critics argue that poverty statistics measure inequality rather than material deprivation or hardship. For instance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 46% of those in "poverty" in the U.S. own their own home (with the average poor person's home having three bedrooms, with one and a half baths, and a garage). Furthermore, the measurements are usually based on a person's yearly income and frequently take no account of total wealth. The main poverty line used in the OECD and the European Union is based on "economic distance", a level of income set at 50% of the median household income. The US poverty line is more arbitrary. It was created in 1963-64 and was based on the dollar costs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "economy food plan" multiplied by a factor of three. The multiplier was based on research showing that food costs then accounted for about one third of the total money income. This one-time calculation has since been annually updated for inflation.
Income inequality for the world as a whole is diminishing. A 2002 study by Xavier Sala-i-Martin finds that this is driven mainly, but not fully, by the extraordinary growth rate of the incomes of the 1.2 billion Chinese citizens. However, unless Africa achieve economic growth, then China, India, the OECD and the rest of middle-income and rich countries will diverge away from it, and global inequality will rise. Thus, the economic growth of the African continent should be the priority of anyone concerned with increasing global income inequality.
Even if poverty may be lessening for the world as a whole, it continues to be an enormous problem:
- One third of deaths - some 18 million people a year or 50,000 per day - are due to poverty-related causes. That's 270 million people since 1990, the majority women and children, roughly equal to the population of the US.
- Every year nearly 11 million children die before their fifth birthday.
- In 2001, 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day
- 800 million people go to bed hungry every day.
The World Bank's "Voices of the Poor" , based on research with over 20,000 poor people in 23 countries, identifies a range of factors which poor people consider elements of poverty. Most important are those necessary for material well-being, especially food. Many others relate to social rather than material issues.
- precarious livelihoods
- excluded locations
- gender relationships
- problems in social relationships
- lack of security
- abuse by those in power
- dis-empowering institutions
- limited capabilities, and
- weak community organizations.
Causes of poverty
Many different factors have been cited to explain why poverty occurs. However, no single explanation has gained universal acceptance. Some possible factors include:
- Natural factors such as climate or environment
- Geographic factors, for example access to fertile land, fresh water, minerals, energy, and other natural resources. Presence or absence of natural features helping or limiting communication, such mountains, deserts, sailable rivers, or coastline. Historically, geography has prevented or slowed the spread of new technology to areas such as the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa. The climate also limits what crops and farm animals may be used on similarly fertile lands.
- On the other hand, research on the resource curse has found that countries with an abundance of natural resources creating quick wealth from exports tend to have less long-term prosperity than countries with less of these natural resources.
- Inadequate nutrition in childhood in poor nations may lead to physical and mental stunting that, in turn, may lead to economic problems. (Hence, it is both a cause and an effect). For example, lack of both iodine and iron has been implicated in impaired brain development, and this can affect enormous numbers of people: it is estimated that 2 billion people (one-third of the total global population) are affected by iodine deficiency, including 285 million 6- to 12-year-old children. In developing countries, it is estimated that 40% of children aged 4 and under suffer from anaemia because of insufficient iron in their diets. See also Health and intelligence.
- Disease, specifically diseases of poverty: AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis and others overwhelmingly afflict developing nations, which perpetuate poverty by diverting individual, community, and national health and economic resources from investment and productivity. Further, many tropical nations are affected by parasites like malaria, schistosomiasis, and trypanosomiasis that are not present in temperate climates. The Tsetse fly makes it very difficult to use many animals in agriculture in afflicted regions.
- Poverty itself, prevents (for example) various forms of investment
- Inability to find a well-paying job (see working poor)
- Unemployment and/or underemployment
- Globalization, too much or too little
- Lacking rule of law.
- Lacking democracy.
- Lacking infrastructure.
- Lacking health care.
- Lacking education.
- Government corruption.
- Overpopulation and lack of access to birth control methods. Note that population growth slows or even become negative as poverty is reduced due to the demographic transition.
- Tax havens which tax their own citizens and companies but not those from other nations and refuse to disclose information necessary for foreign taxation. This enables large scale political corruption, tax evasion, and organized crime in the foreign nations.
- Historical factors, for example imperialism and colonialism.
- Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, Monarchy, Fascism and Totalitarianism have all been named as causes by scholars writing from different perspectives. For example, poorly functioning property rights is seen by some as a cause of poverty, while socialists see the institution of property rights itself as a cause of poverty.
- Lacking free trade. In particular, the very high subsidies to and protective tariffs for agriculture in the developed world. For example, almost half of the budget of the European Union goes to agricultural subsidies, mainly to large farmers and agribusinesses, which form a powerful lobby. Japan gave 47 billion dollars in 2005 in subsidies to its agricultural sector, nearly four times the amount it gave in total foreign aid. The US gives 3.9 billion dollars each year in subsidies to its cotton sector, including 25,000 growers, three times more in subsidies than the entire USAID budget for Africa’s 500 million people. This drains the taxed money and increases the prices for the consumers in developed world; decreases competition and efficiency; prevents exports by more competitive agricultural and other sectors in the developed world due to retaliatory trade barriers; and undermines the very type of industry in which the developing countries do have comparative advantages.
- Lack of freedom and social oppression.
- Lack of social integration. For example, arising from immigration (see related article, Economic impact of immigration to Canada).
- Crime, both white-collar crime and blue-collar crime.
- Substance abuse, such as alcoholism and drug abuse.
- War, including civil war, genocide, and democide.
- Brain drain
- Lack of social skills.
- Exploitation of the poor by the rich.
- Even if not exploitation in the sense of theft, the already wealthy may have easier to accumulate more wealth, for example by hiring better financial advisors.
- Matthew effect: the phenomenon, widely observed across advanced welfare states, that the middle classes tend to be the main beneficiaries of social benefits and services, even if these are primarily targeted at the poor.
- Cultural causes, which attribute poverty to common patterns of life, learned or shared within a community. For example, Max Weber argued that Protestantism contributed to economic growth during the industrial revolution.
- Individual beliefs, actions and choices.
- Mental illness and disability, such as autism, and schizophrenia.
- Discrimination of various kinds, such as age discrimination, gender discrimination, racial discrimination.
Effects of poverty
Some effects of poverty may also be causes, as listed above, thus creating a "poverty cycle" and complicating the subject further:
Poverty and Mental disorders
Poverty is associated with mental health problems and a number of specific mental disorders:
Other effects of psychological significance
- Increased vulnerability to natural disasters
- Hunger and starvation
- Human trafficking
- High crime rate
- Increased risk of political violence; such as terrorism, war and genocide
- Lack of opportunities for employment
- Low literacy
- Social isolation
- Loss of population due to emigration.
- Increased discrimination
- Lower life expectancy
- Drug abuse
- Main article: poverty reduction
In politics, the fight against poverty is usually regarded as a social goal and many governments have — secondarily at least — some dedicated institutions or departments.
- The anti-poverty strategy of the World Bank depends heavily on reducing poverty through the promotion of economic growth. However, some consider this approach does not actively or directly work to reduce or eliminate poverty.[How to reference and link to summary or text] The World Bank argues that an overview of many studies show that:
- Growth is fundamental for poverty reduction, and in principle growth as such does not affect inequality.
- Growth accompanied by progressive distributional change is better than growth alone.
- High initial income inequality is a brake on poverty reduction.
- Poverty itself is also likely to be a barrier for poverty reduction; and wealth inequality seems to predict lower future growth rates.
- The Global Competitiveness Report, the Ease of Doing Business Index, and the Index of Economic Freedom are annual reports, often used in academic research, ranking the worlds nations on factors argued to increase economic growth and reduce poverty.
- Business groups see the reduction of barriers to the creation of new businesses , or reducing barriers for existing business, as having the effect of bringing more people into the formal economy.
- The 2007 World Bank report "Global Economic Prospects" predicts that in 2030 the number living on less than the equivalent of $1 a day will fall by half, to about 550 million. An average resident of what we used to call the Third World will live about as well as do residents of the Czech or Slovak republics today. However, much of Africa will have difficulty keeping pace with the rest of the developing world and even if conditions there improve in absolute terms, the report warns, Africa in 2030 will be home to a larger proportion of the world's poorest people than it is today.
- The government can directly help those in need. This has been applied with mixed results in most Western societies during the 20th century in what became known as the welfare state. Especially for those most at risk, such as the elderly and people with disabilities. The help can be for example monetary or food aid.
- Private charity. This is often formally encouraged within the legal system. For example, charitable trusts and tax deductions for charity.
- The Copenhagen Consensus is a listing of the most cost-effective methods for advancing global welfare.
- Subsidized housing development and urban regeneration.
- Subsidized education.
- Subsidized health care.
- Assistance in finding employment.
- Subsidized employment (see also Workfare).
- Encouragement of political participation and community organizing.
- Community practice social work.
Millennium Development Goals
Eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 is a Millennium Development Goal. In addition to broader approaches, the Sachs Report (for the UN Millennium Project)  proposes a series of "quick wins", approaches identified by development experts which would cost relatively little but could have a major constructive effect on world poverty. The quick wins are:
- Access to information on sexual and reproductive health.
- Action against domestic violence.
- Appointing government scientific advisors in every country.
- Basic Income Guarantee
- Citizen's Dividend
- Deworming school children in affected areas.
- Drugs for AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
- Eliminating school fees.
- Ending user fees for basic health care in developing countries.
- Free school meals for schoolchildren.
- Legislation for women’s rights, including rights to property.
- Negative Income Tax
- Planting trees.
- Providing soil nutrients to farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Providing mosquito nets.
- Access to electricity, water and sanitation.
- Supporting breast-feeding.
- Training programs for community health in rural areas.
- Upgrading slums, and providing land for public housing.
Most developed nations give foreign aid to developing nations and have produced Poverty Reduction Strategy papers or PRSPs . 61% of Amercians say that combating world hunger should be a very important goal of U.S. foreign policy.[How to reference and link to summary or text] Polls have shown that, on average, Americans believe 24% of the federal budget goes to development assistance. In reality, less than 1% of the budget goes to aid.[dubious — see talk page] Even so, at more than $25 billion in 2005 alone, the U.S. donated more than twice as much money as the next largest donor, Japan. The Borgen Project, an anti-poverty advocacy organization, estimates the annual cost of eliminating starvation and malnutrition globally at $19 billion a year. As a point of comparison, the annual world military spending is over $1000 billion..
Some think tanks and NGOs have argued, however, that Western monetary aid often only serves to increase poverty and social inequality, either because it is conditioned with the implementation of harmful economic policies in the recipient countries , or because it's tied with the importing of products from the donor country over cheaper alternatives. Critics also argue that much of the foreign aid is stolen by corrupt governments and officials and that higher aid levels erode the quality of governance. Policy become much more oriented toward what will get more aid money than it does towards meeting the needs of the people.
Supporters argue that these problems may be solved with better audit of how the aid is used. Aid from non-governmental organizations may be more effective that governmental aid; this may be because it is better at reaching the poor and better controlled at the grassrots leveal.
Some argue for a radical change of the economic system. There are several proposals for a fundamental restructuring of existing economic relations, and many of their supporters argue that their ideas would reduce or even eliminate poverty entirely if they were implemented. Such proposals have been put forward by both left-wing and right-wing groups: socialism, communism, anarchism, libertarianism and participatory economics, among others.
Inequality can be reduced by progressive taxation, wealth tax, and inheritance tax.[How to reference and link to summary or text]
In his book"The End of Poverty", world renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out a plan to eradicate global poverty by the year 2025. Following his recommendations, international organizations such as the Global Solidarity Network are working to help eradicate poverty worldwide with intervention in the areas of housing, food, education, basic health, agricultural inputs, safe drinking water, transportation and communications.
The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is an organization in the United States working to secure freedom from poverty for all by organizing the poor themselves. The Campaign believes that a human rights framework, based on the value of inherent dignity and worth of all persons, offers the best means by which to organize for a political solution to poverty.
Among some groups, in particular religious groups, poverty is considered a necessary or desirable condition, which must be embraced in order to reach certain spiritual, moral, or intellectual states. Poverty is often understood to be an essential element of renunciation among Buddhists and Jains, whilst in Roman Catholicism it is one of the evangelical counsels, and taken as a vow among certain religious orders. The way poverty is understood among these orders takes a variety of forms. For example, the Franciscan orders have traditionally forgone all individual and corporate forms of ownership. However, while individual ownership of goods and wealth is forbidden for Benedictines, following the Rule of St. Benedict, the monastery itself may possess both goods and money, and through history some monasteries have become very rich indeed.
In this context of religious vows, poverty may be understood as a means of self-denial in order to place oneself at the service of others; Pope Honorius III wrote in 1217 that the Dominicans "lived a life of voluntary poverty, exposing themselves to innumerable dangers and sufferings, for the salvation of others". However, following Jesus' warning that riches can be like thorns that choke up the good seed of the word (Matthew 13:22), voluntary poverty is often understood by Christians as of benefit to the individual - a form of self-discipline by which one distances oneself from distractions from God.
- See also: Asceticism
- Cycle of poverty
- Drift hypothesis
- Economic inequality
- Feminization of poverty
- Income disparity
- Income (economic)
- Income inequality metrics
- Income level
- International inequality
- List of countries by percentage of population living in poverty
- Measuring poverty
- Mental health poverty
- Minimum wage
- Poverty areas
- Poverty threshold
- Poverty in the United States
- Poverty in the United Kingdom
- Poverty trap
- Social exclusion
- Street children
- Working poor
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- Tied Aid Strangling Nations, Says U.N. by Thalif Deen
- MYTH: More Foreign Aid Will End Global Poverty
- MYTH: More Foreign Aid Will End Global Poverty
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Organizations and campaigns
- [The ONE Campaign http://www.one.org]
- [Catholic Charities USA Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/poverty/]
- The George Foundation
- Abahlali baseMjondolo - South African Shack dwellers' organisation
- The Borgen Project
- Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
- The Make Poverty History campaign
- 17 October: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty(White Band Day 4)
- Center for Global Development
- Child Poverty Action Group
- Institute for Strategic Clarity Multi-stakeholder Study of Poverty in Guatemala
- Mississippi Teacher Corps
- World Food Day
- Nourish International
- Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC), an international, DFID-funded partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which exists to focus attention on persistent, life-course and intergenerational poverty, to stimulate national and international debate, to deepen understanding of the causes of chronic poverty and to provide research, analysis and policy guidance that will contribute to its reduction.
- The Campaign to Reduce Poverty in America
- The Borgen Project
- The George Foundation
- Rural Poverty Portal Powered by IFAD
- Global Distribution of Poverty Global poverty datasets and map collection
- Why Poor Countries are Poor
- The End of Poverty - an interview with Jeff Sachs - Yale Economic Review
- Poverty in the United States, by Isabel V. Sawhill. Concise encyclopedia of economics on Econlib
- Social Solutions to Poverty: America's Struggle to Build a Just Society, Scott Myers-Lipton, (2006).
- Catholic Encyclopedia "Poverty and Pauperism"
- The Anti-Poverty Campaign
- Poverty on the Development Gateway portal
- Poverty on the World Bank portal
- Poverty at the Open Directory Project
- Unicef State of the World's Children report 2006 on different kinds of child poverty.
- UNDP Poverty
- UN DESA - Poverty Eradication
- A CICRED book for download on poverty and human fertility
- Make Poverty History and One.org
- Community Action Partnership  America's Poverty Fighting Network
- Malaria Disease of Poverty, Andrew Speilman, Harvard University Freeview video by the Vega Science Trust.
- Education Is The Key To Reducing Poverty, Omedia
- Poverty related Statistics by UN Millennium Project.
- The Crime of Poverty by Henry George
- The Path to sustainable Growth - Lessons from 20 years Growth Differentials in Europe. (2006). This free download of the Free Institure for Economic Research analyses the relation between growth and poverty. It compares growth in the Western social models and investigates for a the growth optimizing social strategy.
- Global Poverty as a Citizenship Issue
Indices of Deprivation
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Carstairs index • Index of Multiple Deprivation 2000 (IMD2000) • Indices of deprivation 2004 (ID2004) • Indices of deprivation 2007 (ID2007) • Indices of deprivation 2010 (ID2010)
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Underprivileged area score • Department of Environment Index
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